Bug#834852: exim4-config: update-exim4.conf does NOT update ANYTHING

Bob Goldberg bobg.hahc at gmail.com
Fri Aug 19 21:28:42 UTC 2016

Package: exim4-config
Version: 4.80-7+deb7u3
Severity: important
Tags: upstream

Dear Maintainer,
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   * What led up to the situation?
needed to update exim4 to shut off "purging environment" warning
   * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or
after changing conf files, ran update-exim4.conf 
   * What was the outcome of this action?
discovered that running the update does NOT UPDATE A SINGLE THING.
discovered that update script EXPRESSLY checks for existence of 
/etc/exim4/exim4.conf and IF /var/lib/exim4/config.autogenerated is
EQUAL TO ITSELF!!!!!???  THEN EXIT - un-ceremoniously.
man page and docs for this script say NOTHING about specifying -o 
   * What outcome did you expect instead?
I expected the update script to update the xim4 configuration environment!!

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-- Package-specific info:
Exim version 4.80 #3 built 25-Mar-2016 04:30:20
Copyright (c) University of Cambridge, 1995 - 2012
(c) The Exim Maintainers and contributors in ACKNOWLEDGMENTS file, 2007 - 2012
Berkeley DB: Berkeley DB 5.1.29: (October 25, 2011)
Support for: crypteq iconv() IPv6 GnuTLS move_frozen_messages DKIM
Lookups (built-in): lsearch wildlsearch nwildlsearch iplsearch cdb dbm dbmjz 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
Configuration file is /etc/exim4/exim4.conf

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 7.11
  APT prefers oldstable-updates
  APT policy: (500, 'oldstable-updates'), (500, 'oldstable')
Architecture: i386 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 3.2.0-4-amd64 (SMP w/1 CPU core)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash

Versions of packages exim4-config depends on:
ii  adduser                3.113+nmu3
ii  debconf [debconf-2.0]  1.5.49

exim4-config recommends no packages.

exim4-config suggests no packages.

-- Configuration Files:
/etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template changed [not included]
/etc/exim4/passwd.client [Errno 13] Permission denied: u'/etc/exim4/passwd.client'

-- debconf information excluded

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