[Pkg-exim4-users] smtps support in Stretch

J G Miller miller at yoyo.ORG
Wed Apr 13 15:22:01 UTC 2016

At 16:35h, on Wednesday, April 13, 2016,
in message <20160413143559.GB24696 at torres.zugschlus.de>,
on the subject of "Re: [Pkg-exim4-users] smtps support in Stretch", you wrote -

 > The information that this is for exim as a _server_ , when it is
 > _receiving_ mail, has been given to you in this thread at least twice.

Notwithstanding, in my insignificant opinion, Exim4 configuration and documents
could be greatly improved by the naming of parameters to reflect their role in
being used by Exim4 in a client (sending to another MTA) role or in a server
(receiving from another MTA) role.

When I did my configuration for the first time I was certainly confused and
mistaken over whether some TLS parameter was for sending or receiving,
eg tls_cerficate refers to the local host certificate but tls_verify_certificates
refers to the certificate of the remote host.  This could be made immediately
obvious with names like tls_local_certificate and tls_remote_verify_certificates.

Confusion about tls_on_connect could be eliminated by renaming to something like

Perhaps the Debian macro (uppercase) names could be made more obvious
by a suitable rename with appropriate "part-prefix" where appropriate?

As the question of host name lookups as come up again, may I tangentially
inquire if any consideration has been given to lobbying for Exim4 to change
from the obsolete gethostbyname to getaddrinfo, as mentioned some months ago?

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