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Re: /etc/aliases and policy -- possible mass bug filing

On Wed, Nov 26, 2003 at 06:12:01PM -0800, Blars Blarson wrote:
> Should I file serious bugs against non-MTA packages modifying
> /etc/aliases ? 
Have you any acceptable sollution? If no, those bugreports help nothing.

> What seems to be Debian way to handle this is to have a /etc/alises.d
> directory that has individual files for each package, and have the
> newaliases program handle whatever merging is needed.
Would you like to write a patch for all MTA's in Debian?

> This would at minimum require cooperation from all MTA packages, and may
> require a policy modifacation.
What for? It will be sufficient to prepare update-mail-aliases script
with usecases:

update-mail-aliases add alias mail1 ... mailN
which add entry:
alias:	mail1,...mailN do /etc/aliases
and run newaliases

update-mail-aliases del alias
which remove entry for alias and run newaliases.

Then all MTA's packages should include it(a) and all packages which require
changes in /etc/aliases should use it.

(a) Alternative: package mta-common, which all MTA's (pre)depend on. This
package would contain mentioned script and /etc/aliases file. 


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