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

On 2009-02-27 Steve Langasek <vorlon@debian.org> wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 26, 2009 at 03:42:39PM +0100, Holger Levsen wrote:
>> 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.

> I agree that this is the best solution.

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

> Given that m-t-a is mentioned explicitly in policy, and that
> "default-mta" will be a virtual package, I think this should be
> recorded in policy as well - though if a clear consensus emerges on
> debian-devel, there's no need to go through the policy process
> before filing bugs.

> Also, I haven't seen the exim4 maintainers comment on this proposal
> until now.  Obviously we would want to get that package to Provide:
> default-mta before filing bugs on other packages.


[exim4 hat on]
Neither me nor Marc could come up with obvious problems in the
proposal. I doubt this is an importartant data point, though. I do
not think I am exceptionally qualified to find any problems (if
they exist). ;-)

We could have a exim4 upload implementing in sid this rather
quickly after receiving a go.

cu andreas
`What a good friend you are to him, Dr. Maturin. His other friends are
so grateful to you.'
`I sew his ears on from time to time, sure'

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