Bug#844220: exim4: fails to install: user mail was not found

Holger Levsen holger at layer-acht.org
Tue Nov 15 13:38:59 UTC 2016

reassign 844220 usrmerge

Hi Marco,

to summarize this bug: upon running these jenkins jobs with debootstrap
from jessie-backports (which defaults to /usr-merged), several jobs
testing installations in a sid chroot failed. The symptom was that there
was no mail user when exim4 was configured…

When I downgraded debootstrap to the jessie version again, the error
went away, so that's why I now reassign to usrmerge.

on November 13 and 14 have the two installs with usrmerge. As said,
there were several jobs failing like this (though I think all failed
like this…)

this is the rest of the essential backlog of this bug:

On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 06:53:04PM +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 05:29:16PM +0100, Marc Haber wrote:
> > On Sun, Nov 13, 2016 at 03:11:32PM +0000, Holger Levsen wrote:
> > > Setting up exim4-config (4.88~RC4-2) ...
> > > Adding system-user for exim (v4)
> > > 2016-11-13 05:30:11 Exim configuration error in line 682 of /var/lib/exim4/config.autogenerated.tmp:
> > >   user mail was not found
> > Can you please verify that the user mail is present on the system?
> It was a normal installation like jenkins has done since years, every
> day… so basic debootstrap + apt-get install some packages.
> > If it is present, please note this in this bug.
> > 
> > If it is not present, check the correctness of the essential package
> > base-passwd, which is responsible to keep the user mail present on all
> > Debian systems (and which packages can explicitly rely on). If
> > base-passwd is correct, and mail not present, check why the user is
> > not there.
> cc:ing the base-passwd maintainer.

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