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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by pjm (639) on 2002.09.15 21:31 (#12855)
    From memory, that ending comment in the original .forward invocation was intended to guard against an overzealous sendmail optimization. The funky idea being that if two recipients of a given message had identical .forward files then why not just save the trouble of running through both of them and instead use the first encountered. Ugg.

    I'd guess it's ancient history being fossilised into an idiom, but I'm pretty sure that's the origin. (ie, the #username causes diffs of everyone's .forward files to be non-zero).