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Re: Status of inetd for etch

Stig Sandbeck Mathisen <ssm@debian.org> wrote:
> * The "system mta" should provide /usr/sbin/sendmail, as well as
>  mailq, runq, and man pages.  The alternative system is able to link
>  several alternatives.
> * The "service mta" should provide a listening socket, on one or more
>  specified IP addresses.  I'm not sure if it's a good idea to bind to
>  *:25.  The "system mta" might need to bind to
> * The "system mta" may use the "service mta" as a smarthost, mailhost,
>  mail relay, or whatever you'd like to call it.

This seems to be totally overengineered. Having MTA a provide sendmail
which uses MTA b for remote deliveries is no common usage scenario on
which any effort should be spent in the Debian packaging

Actually the only sane explanation for wanting to install two MTAs I
ever heard of was "I am running X now and want to switch to Y. - I'd like
to test Y in the real system before going live."

cu andreas

[1] And this is non-negligable effort, MTAs require jumping through
special hoops for allowing to send on mail per SMTP to the same host.
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