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381 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 5, 2013 9:56 AM by UKenGB RSS
UKenGB Level 2 Level 2 (270 points)
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Dec 2, 2013 11:38 AM

This is a small network with its own Mac (Mini) server that handles DNS, etc and Mail. Being unix based, within the network it is possible to send an email to another local user just by addressing it to their username. This works as it should and always has. But...


Some while ago Apple, in their infinite wisdom decided that their should object to email addresses of just the username, i.e. without an @ anywhere. So you now get an error/notification askeing if you really want to send it like that. If you select yes, the email is sent and arrives perfectly. But its a PIA to keep having to do this everythime when the addressing mechanism is all within the email standards. Unfortunately, idiots at Apple have decided to object to this and make life difficult for us. Previously, worked correctly and didn't cause this problem. Progress eh.


Anyway, does anyone know if it's possible to change this behaviour of so that it's quite happy to accept email addresses of just the username, without objecting to it first? I thought perhaps there might be some hidden configuration that would stop this annoying behaviour?

  • MrHoffman Level 6 Level 6 (11,720 points)
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    Dec 2, 2013 5:23 PM (in response to UKenGB)

    Enable and use the Contacts Server, and allow access to your Contacts and LDAP data.

  • Simon Slavin Level 4 Level 4 (1,390 points)
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    Dec 4, 2013 1:02 AM (in response to UKenGB)

    MrHoffman is referring to a line in the Preferences dialog for Mail:



    Composing tab

    "Automatically complete addresses"


    If you have an LDAP server configured, and tick this line, will automatically complete partially entered email addresses as you type them.  Which means it'll never object to partial email addresses because it will have already completed any genuine one for you.

  • Simon Slavin Level 4 Level 4 (1,390 points)
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    Dec 5, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to UKenGB)

    Sorry, but all valid email addresses have a local part and a domain separated by an '@' sign.  RFC5321, paragraph 2.3.11.  You may have previously used some software or MTA which automatically added the domain in for you.


    But you're right, it appears that Apple removed that option exists in Mavericks.  It always autocompletes.


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