What is "exim4", heavy, light or something else?

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-maintainers at zugschlus.de
Sat Jan 4 11:43:39 GMT 2020

On Sat, Jan 04, 2020 at 11:06:07AM +0100, Brian Wengel wrote:
> Could I convince you to update the package description of Exim4 in regards
> to what it include?

You can try filing a wishlist bug report.

> There are some description on the difference between the light and heavy
> package, but what will you get if you just install the "exim4" package?
> All it says is it's a "metapackage" (my reading pm the definition of debian
> metapackages didn't help either).

It contains the essential components for a basic exim4 installation.
I think that makes clear that it includes the lightest variant of the
daemon. The package also depends on "exim4-daemon-light |
exim4-daemon-heavy | exim4-daemon-custom", from which apt in default
configuration will choose exim4-daemon-light if no other daemon is
explicitly asked for.

for example, when you apt install exim4 exim-daemon-heavy, you'll get
the heavy daemon.

I don't think that a package description should need to explain how the
package manager works.


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