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Journal Chacham's Journal: Chronicle: Debian upgrade broke exim4

Upgraded to Debian lenny last night. Going from stable to stable is a good thing, right?

Well, nope. exim4 is broken right now. The package maintainer for Debian's exim4 decided some time ago to make changes. Well, a lot of people ignored it, so it gives a forced error now.

To add insult to injury, /usr/sbin/update-exim4.conf has the following comment:

# check for left-over DEBCONF strings that may cause installation trouble
# (fix PEBCAK for people who don't accept conffile changes and don't
# read docs)

This is frustrating. I changed the configuration to support a customization. So, using the defaults wasn't an option. The changing are neither trivial nor obvious. And, my mail server does not work now. And this made it into stable.

Currently, i am trying to figure out how to get back to a working version of exim4. I can't just download exim4 because Debian has heavily modified it. So, i need an earlier version of the deb. But which version was i using? I have some searching ahead of me.

In any case, right now i am pretty sure i am dumping exim4. And, if Marc Haber is the maintainer of other packages that i use, i might be dumping Debian in general. I am left aghast that a stable upgrade left my smtp server unworkable with any customization.

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Chronicle: Debian upgrade broke exim4

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