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Re: Default MTA and dependencies

>>>>> "Tollef" == Tollef Fog Heen <tollef@add.no> writes:

Tollef> Debian's default MTA is Exim.  Does that mean that packages
Tollef> which want an MTA should depend on exim |
Tollef> mail-transport-agent?

No. This only means that, by default, exim will be installed as the
mail transport agent, nothing more and nothing less.

Tollef> The dependencies on just mail-transport-agent is a bug, afaik,

Why? This looks just fine to me. Some programs just need a mail
transport agent, without any preference.

Tollef> but should other packages depend on exim |
Tollef> mail-transport-agent, og is it OK that they have such
Tollef> dependencies as they have now?

There is nothing incorrect about those dependencies. For example, a
mailing-list package may prefer Postfix if no other mail transport
agent has been installed, maybe because Postfix is known to handle
large mailing lists better with this mailing-list software.

Samuel Tardieu -- sam@debian.org

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