Bug#863876: Add a Distribution specific banner

Christian Ehrhardt christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com
Thu Jun 1 10:46:52 UTC 2017

Package: exim4
Version: 4.89-2
Severity: wishlist

Hi exim4 maintainers,
first of all I want to thank you for your great work!

I came by merging exim4 for the next Ubuntu release recently and doing that
for the seconds time I realized that the only difference people carry on
since ages (it seems) is a Distribution specific SMTP banner.

Now I checked and the patch works for Debian just as well as it is getting
it at configure time via lsb_release.

I couldn't believe that something like 15 different people never asked, but
maybe I searched for the wrong terms when looking for this discussion
already taking place in the past.
At least the times I've touched it that was a diff always easy to maintain
- worst case do a 'quilt refresh' once and it is around and working since
several years; so it should be low-to-no effort to be kept around and

On one hand it would for you give Debian more explicit visibility on some
of the internet scapper tools that generate e.g. market share based on
server headers (not so importan, but at least A reason).
And on the other hand it would allow Ubuntu to make exim4 a sync, which is
easier to maintain (clearly more my benefit than yours I know).

Therefore I'd ask you if you'd be willing to take the attached (2) patches
into Debian?

Christian Ehrhardt
Software Engineer, Ubuntu Server
Canonical Ltd
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