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Mail to foreign systems

The Question is:

    If this isn't the proper forum, please try to point me in a different

    We are using a Novell GroupWise email system connected to VMS MAIL via
    MISSIVE (a message router from Wingra technologies) The message flow is
    VMS MAIL to MISSIVE down to GLOBAL MHS on a Novell server to an MHS
    gateway and then to GroupWise. The problem we are having is that if a
    VMS MAIL user addresses a message to both VMS MAIL users and GroupWise
    users, the GroupWise users see only GroupWise users in the TO: field
    which makes complete replies impossible.  Messages sent from GroupWise
    to VMS MAIL don't have this problem - VMS MAIL users see all

    Wingra says that this is the fault of VMS MAIL in that VMS MAIL
    recognizes the foreign mail protocol and only passes the GroupWise
    adresses to MISSIVE.  DEC support says "we don't know"


The Answer is:

    At this time we are not putting much development resources in VMS MAIL.
    When I asked people in the know, I got a discouraging answer:

 ->   Based on what I know about the VMS MAIL protocol this is probably a
 ->   tough problem to solve, since passing the foreign usernames in a
 ->   usable way effectively requires an inverse translation of the names.