Bug#863876: Add a Distribution specific banner

Andreas Metzler ametzler at bebt.de
Sat Jun 3 09:17:12 UTC 2017

On 2017-06-01 Christian Ehrhardt <christian.ehrhardt at canonical.com> wrote:
> 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
> maintained.

> 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?

Hello Christian,

you did not miss any discussion on the patch.  I am aware of its
existence, though. I had seen the change in Ubuntu and intentionally
chose to not pull it into Debian. I just do not see a benefit. And given
a choice of patching upstream and not patching it I will stay with
upstream unless there is avery good reason for patching.

cu Andreas
`What a good friend you are to him, Dr. Maturin. His other friends are
so grateful to you.'
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