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Bug#508644: mass bugfiling (against 8 packages) and/or new package default-mta

retitle 508644 Sorting out mail-transport-agent mess


I'd like to close/reassign this bug... :-)

A better description of what this bug is about can actually be read in 
http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=474999 and the solution 
would be to file bugs against those 8 packages (listed in #508644) which 
depend on mail-transfer-agent instead of on "exim4 | mail-transfer-agent".

But as this would hardcode exim4 as the default MTA for Debian in a number of 
packages, some better solutions have been proposed in
http://lists.debian.org/debian-devel/2008/05/msg00381.html with the best 
choice appearantly being  <87ve1faria.fsf@frosties.localdomain> which 
proposes that exim4 should provide default-mta, packages needing an MTA 
should depend on default-mta | mail-transfer-agent and the other MTAs should 
provide mail-transfer-agent. Then, if we want to change the default, we just 
need to touch two packages.

As per policy I'd like to gather consensus on this before mass filing bugs.


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