[Pkg-exim4-users] DEBCONFitemDEBCONF

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-users at zugschlus.de
Sun Jul 1 22:41:31 UTC 2007

On Sun, Jul 01, 2007 at 05:11:28PM +0300, David Baron wrote:
> This stuff is no lonber acceptable and any Sid upgrades not accepting the 
> maintiners configuration will render exim4 inoperative

Exim should either not run at all, or continue running with the old
configuration. Please show evidence of an "inoperative" exim.

>  and fetched email will go to neverland until one realizes what
>  happened.

Please show evidence that exim4 loses mail. The use of the term
"fetched" indicates a fetchmail setup, and fetchmail should not delete
messages from the input mailbox until the SMTP listener has accepted
the message. If it does do differently, please go yell at fetchmail.

> The documentation says one can define:
> exim macro DEBCONFstringOK_config_adapted
> and continue with existing configuration files

No, that's wrong. If you still have - after adapting your local config
to the new configuration scheme - DEBCONFsomethingDEBCONF somewhere in
your config, you can silence the warning. That is not going to change
your requirement to adapt your config. You can find information about
how to define exim macros in README.Debian.gz, chapter 2.1.3.

>  but does not say where or how to do this. Tried a few places to no
>  avail before downgrading to the "testing" packates.

Ask smart questions. Say exactly what you did and people will be able
to help. "A few places" does not help at all.

> So ... the upgrade should be nicer behaved, either shutting exim and stuff 
> like fetchmail down until there is a valid configuration

Please show evidence that it does not.

>  or better instructions offered.

Send a patch.

> Best: A script to replace those DEBCONFitemDEBCONF things in existing 
> configuration files.

Send a patch. One that works for each and every corner case, please.

> Anyway, how do I do the config_adapted or alternative?

Best thing to do is probably accept our config changes and repeat your
local modifications. You know best what you changed, we know best what
we changed.


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