Bug#706901: exim4: syntax-check errors go into paniclog

Jasen Betts jasen at treshna.com
Sun May 5 21:44:40 UTC 2013

Package: exim4
Version: 4.72-6+squeeze3
Severity: normal

When editing the config and attempting to reload it syntax errors are
often detected this is good that an error in the master config is
trapped before it effects the running daemon.

What's not so good is that these errors are recorded in paniclog
and have to be cleaned out of there else they will get mailed to people

It would be nice if the checking of 
could write its logs (particularly paniclog) to a different location
(stderr is probably sufficient)

-- Package-specific info:
Exim version 4.72 #1 built 25-Oct-2012 18:08:37
Copyright (c) University of Cambridge, 1995 - 2007
Berkeley DB: Berkeley DB 4.8.30: (April  9, 2010)
Support for: crypteq iconv() IPv6 GnuTLS move_frozen_messages DKIM
Lookups: lsearch wildlsearch nwildlsearch iplsearch cdb dbm dbmnz dnsdb dsearch nis nis0 passwd
Authenticators: cram_md5 plaintext
Routers: accept dnslookup ipliteral manualroute queryprogram redirect
Transports: appendfile/maildir/mailstore autoreply lmtp pipe smtp
Fixed never_users: 0
Size of off_t: 8
GnuTLS compile-time version: 2.8.6
GnuTLS runtime version: 2.8.6
Configuration file is /var/lib/exim4/config.autogenerated

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 6.0.7
  APT prefers oldstable
  APT policy: (500, 'oldstable'), (500, 'stable')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 2.6.32-5-amd64 (SMP w/8 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_NZ.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_NZ.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages exim4 depends on:
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]        Debian configuration management sy
ii  exim4-base               4.72-6+squeeze3 support files for all Exim MTA (v4
ii  exim4-daemon-light       4.72-6+squeeze3 lightweight Exim MTA (v4) daemon

exim4 recommends no packages.

exim4 suggests no packages.

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