[Pkg-exim4-users] smtps support in Stretch

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-users at zugschlus.de
Wed Apr 13 15:32:16 UTC 2016

On Wed, Apr 13, 2016 at 05:22:01PM +0200, J G Miller wrote:
> 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
> tls_on_incoming_connection.

The Debian packages are unlikely to change terminology from what
upstream suggests. We aim not to break compatibility with third-party

That being said, I think that the Documentation is crystal clear and
that most people just don't read it.

You might want to take your suggestions upstream, they do have a
mailing list and a bugzilla.

> 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?

This is also an upstream issue. Is there an upstream ticket for this?


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