[Pkg-exim4-users] Interpreting debconf

Ross Boylan ross at biostat.ucsf.edu
Wed Sep 14 21:40:39 UTC 2005

What's the best way to find out what the debconf alternatives
in /etc/exim4/update-exim4.conf.conf are and what they mean?

I know I could run dpkg-reconfigure, but that makes me a little nervous.
I also recall that the clues it offered were a bit terse, given my
relative ignorance about email.

I've been looking in /var/cache/debconf/templates.dat, but that's
practically unreadable.  I suspect there's a clever way to get the info,
but I don't know it, and haven't discovered it reading the debconf man
pages.  Also, as I said, I was hoping for a bit more info than the
dialogs provide.

BACKGROUND (with a few more questions!)

In case anyone wants to help with the next step, I'm looking to do two
things.  First, I want to listen on an additional port (local only) so I
can distinguish fetchmail deliveries from other local sources.  And I
want my outbound SMTP to relay through another system.  Inbound will
come from fetchmail (ugh).  I think I can figure these things out in

Some of these changes may be temporary, e.g., until my system gets a
fully qualified domain name (yes, things are a mess).

I'm using the second port so I can tell fetchmail from other, more
authentically local, mail and adjust spam scanning accordingly.  I sent
an earlier message about that, but doubt it got to the list.

In my old setup, incoming mail was relayed directly to me, retaining the
original envelope info and permitting meaningful delivery time scanning.
Outbound mail went straight out (some servers now reject me because I
lack a FQDN).

Ross Boylan                                      wk:  (415) 514-8146
185 Berry St #5700                               ross at biostat.ucsf.edu
Dept of Epidemiology and Biostatistics 
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94107-1762                     hm:  (415) 550-1062

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