Hi! Noticing among others this bug report http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=322751 and observing the many packages depending on $MTA | mail-transport-agent with $MTA having values like postfix, exim, exim4, sendmail, nullmailer and probably others. And some packages just depending on mail-transport-agent without providing a preferred. The latter, just depending on mail-transport-agent, makes apt, at least currently, pick the package first in the alphabet providing m-t-a. (A bit ago, this was courier. now it is citadel). This definately needs fixing, but why not sort everything out while we are at it? I think something needs to be done somewhere. There is several solutions, among others the following: 1) Exim4 is currently the default installed MTA. So any package requiring a MTA should depend on exim4 | mail-transport-agent. Defined by policy and all packages should be fixed to this. 2) Introduce a default-mta package (currently) depending on exim4. All packages requiring a MTA should depend on default-mta | mail-transport-agent. This will have the extra advantage that we (and others like CDDs and derived distros) easily could swap default MTA. 3) do the real ugly hack and invent a aaaaa-m-t-a depending on the default mta Any comments? Depending on the outcome, I guess I will take this to either -policy or tech-ctte or wherever required. And please please please. Don't take this into a flamewar about which MTA should be the one installed by default. /Sune Some stats: $ grep-dctrl -FDepends -sDepends mail-transport-agent /var/lib/apt/lists/*unstable*Packages | sed -e's/Depends:\( .*,\)\?\([^,]*mail-transport-agent\).*/\2/' | sort | uniq -c 6 exim | mail-transport-agent 135 exim4 | mail-transport-agent 6 exim4 | postfix | sendmail | mail-transport-agent 3 exim4-daemon-light | mail-transport-agent 15 mail-transport-agent 3 nullmailer | mail-transport-agent 33 postfix | mail-transport-agent 3 sendmail (>= 8.9) | mail-transport-agent 9 sendmail | mail-transport-agent 3 sendmail | postfix | exim4 | mail-transport-agent 6 sendmail-bin | mail-transport-agent 3 ssmtp | mail-transport-agent -- Genius, I cannot save on the kernel, how does it work? From Excel 6.5 you can't reset the RO monitor, so that from Outlook 8.4.7 or from the control preferences menu inside MS-DOS you either must boot the processor to a firewall, or can never ping a login over a mousepad for exploring a serial IP desktop to a 2-bit 2D case of a computer on the memory on the secret code.
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