INN with non-email IDs in "From:"?

Julien ÉLIE julien at
Thu Jul 28 20:21:00 UTC 2016

Hi DataPacRat,

> I'm gradually putting together the outline for a comm project, in
> which I hope some version of INN will be the main component. There is,
> however, one item on the "wish list" section of the project's goals
> that I don't know how to approach: Modifying INN's source code so that
> the "From:" header doesn't have to be an email address, but could be a
> Twitter @handle, or a Ricochet address (eg,
> ricochet:rs7ce36jsj24ogfw), or an URL pointing to a FaceBook profile
> or a vCard, or anything of the sort. (If the From: header could be
> expanded to accept URIs, instead of arbitrary text-strings, that would
> work well enough for this project.)
> [...]
> I'm hoping someone here might
> know enough to tell me "Just edit file X line Y and comment out the
> 'email check' call", or at least point me in the right direction.
> So - can you help me with this?

I believe you could just edit file nnrpd/post.c and comment out
the following snippet:

    strlcpy(frombuf, HDR(HDR__FROM), sizeof(frombuf));
    /* Unfold the From: header field. */
    for (p = frombuf; p < frombuf + sizeof(frombuf); )
        if ((p = strchr(p, '\n')) == NULL)
            *p++ = ' ';
    /* Try to rewrite the From: header field in a cleaner format. */
    /* Now perform basic checks of the From: header field.
     * Pass leading '@' chars because they are not part of an address. */
    p = frombuf;
    while (*p == '@') {
    p = strchr(p, '@');
    if (p != NULL) {
        p = strrchr(p+1, '.');
        if (p == NULL) {
            if (modgroup)
            return "From: address not in Internet syntax";
    } else {
        if (modgroup)
        return "From: address not in Internet syntax";

I don't see other checks in innd/art.c about the From: header field,
so the post should be accepted.

Julien ÉLIE

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  à condition que les deux points soient bien en face l'un de
  l'autre. » (Pierre Dac)

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