[Pkg-exim4-users] two elementary questions

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-users@zugschlus.de
Mon, 16 May 2005 08:09:22 +0200


On Sun, May 15, 2005 at 10:32:06PM -0700, David Liontooth wrote:
> Exim4 appears to be designed for system supervisors responsible
> for a whole network. I want mail on a single machine, and cron working,
> and the exim4 configuration through debconfig just isn't catering
> to this.

It is. However, there are some pitfalls which mostly result from the
debconf templates being frozen for nearly one year, while the package
itself has evolved under the templates. You seem to be caught by two
of the pitfalls, one of them being clearly documented in the
NEWS.Debian.gz which is a must-read on update [1], and the other one
just being recently discovered and fixed in 4.50-6.

> On the other hand, I have an old machine running exim3 and looked
> at that configuration; within ten minutes I had everything working
> on my new one: local mail, external mail out, mail from cron.

Feel free to continue running exim3 - outdated, unsupported software.
I am afraid that you have just "broken" your exim4 in a way which
makes it very hard to support you in the future.

> I'd still appreciate help from anyone to get this working on exim4,

If you expect shorter turnaround times on the support hotline than two
hours (your first message on this list is barely 140 minutes old), you
should seek out a distribution with paid support.

> I guess I should add a plea to make this easier to configure for naive
> users on a single box; I wasted hours and got nowhere.

Sorry to hear about that. The Debian exim 4 maintainers are open to
suggestions how to enhance your exim 4 experience, but I am afraid
that suggestions to improve the debconf templates are almost a year
too late, and because of sarge's freeze, more changes are not possible.


[1] there are packages available to hurl the changelog and
NEWS.Debian in the user's face on installation

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