[Pkg-exim4-users] Re : main option bounce_message_file doesn't work with Exim4 in Debian

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-users at zugschlus.de
Tue Jul 31 10:57:22 UTC 2007

On Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 12:21:04PM +0200, Bruno CAPELETO wrote:
> I haven't tried exim -bP (I don't know really Exim's command line options). I'm
> going to try this evening.

exim -bP just prints all configuration options that were read - just
making sure that your configuration really reaches exim.

> I don't understand your last question (sorry for my poor English) : "Does an
> straced exim show the file being accessed?"

strace(1) is a tool which will print all system calls a process makes
to a console or a file. I would be interested to learn whether your
exim opens your bounce file.

> One remark I've just thought about: my bounce message is generated after
> fetchmail retrieves my emails from my external accounts, and the reason of the
> bounce message is the detection of spam... Is it possible that for this
> particular case the "bounce mechanism" differs somehow and consequently the
> option is not the correct one ?

Depends. Are you sure that it is really your exim generating the
bounce, or is it fetchmail or some other program? Can you show log
entries for the delivery of such a bounce?

Anyway, it is a bad bad idea to bounce spam after accepting it. Better
silently discard it, or you'll generate spam backscatter.


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