Ben Aitchison <ben(a)plain.co.nz> wrote:
Why's UUCP so evil? It's the best suited
solution here. SMTP with ETRN
is rather a hack. UUCP is a solution that works well for non
well-connected hosts such as dial-up users.
Well, if all you want is email, then uucp works just fine. Except that
it's a whole bunch of stuff most ISPs don't want to deal with anymore,
especially on their dialup servers. (Is this a PPP call or a uucp
You can of course run uucp over TCP, but that means running an error
correcting protocol over an already reliable protocol. In a word, yuck.
Many, many moons ago, I used a hybrid of both -- I used uucp for all mail
to my domain; when I had my (rather hacky) 14.4 kbps dialup IP
connection active, the uucp client would connect to the uucp server over
TCP, other times it would do a normal uucp dialout. Like I said: yuck.
Around '94 or so I put in a leased line with 28.8 kbps modems, switched
the mail to SMTP and was *much* happier ...
That said, SMTP w/ ETRN fits in a lot easier with a lot
software that assumes the user is always connected.
Well, it fits better with the Internet. Internet protocols generally do.
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