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Re: Sorting out mail-transport-agent mess

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 10:53:03AM +1000, Ben Finney wrote:
> Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> writes:

> > On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 11:33:04PM +0200, Sune Vuorela wrote:

> > > 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.

> > I believe that 2) is the correct option, and can see no reason that it
> > shouldn't be implemented straight away.

> If 'default-mta' is renamed to 'sensible-mta' to follow the existing
> convention (evidenced by 'sensible-editor', etc.), I agree.

That's not at all consistent with how sensible-foo is used in Debian today.
sensible-editor and sensible-browser are /commands/ that are guaranteed to
be available for other packages to use and which respect the user- and
site-preferences; default-mta is not at all like this.

Steve Langasek                   Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer                   to set it on, and I can move the world.
Ubuntu Developer                                    http://www.debian.org/
slangasek@ubuntu.com                                     vorlon@debian.org

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