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Re: Bug#122507: ITP: mta-dummy

On Wed, 5 Dec 2001, Adam McKenna wrote:

> Package: wnpp
> Severity: wishlist
> I'd like to discuss the creation of an mta-dummy package.
> This package would have no files (except perhaps a small doc), and provide
> mail-transport-agent.
> If anyone can think of a serious reason that this shouldn't be in the archive
> (i.e., other than that you think it's silly, or the standard Packages file
> bloat argument), please speak up, otherwise I'll upload this in a week or so.

1. Someone installs a package (e.g. mutt) with a dependency on
2. dselect (or another similar tool) tells him that he need to install a
   package that provides mail-transport-agent.
3. The random package he selects (because he doesn's has any clue what a
   mail-transport-agent is) is your mta-dummy package.

Please consider this to be a serious reason.

And I think I can point everyone who has a reason to build his MTA himself
and who knows how to do this to have no problem with a simple

apt-get install equivs
cd /tmp
cp /usr/share/doc/equivs/examples/mail-transport-agent.ctl .
equivs-build mail-transport-agent.ctl
dpkg -i mta-local_1.0_all.deb

> --Adam



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