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Re: RFC: Making mail-transport-agent Priority: optional

On Thu, 13 Oct 2011, Luca Capello wrote:
> > - Starting a daemon at boot time, which slows down booting.  This led me
> >   to notice the problem in Debian Live: it took a non-trivial amount of
> >   time for the boot process to finish starting exim and move on.
> I experienced the same in the past on non-live Debian systems, but IIRC
> only when there was no network connection, is this a bug in exim?

More likely it is a bug elsewhere.  When no networking is available, you
don't timeout.  You immediately abort with a "no route to host" error.

The exception to this is stuff that brings up NICs blind to
autoconfigure networking (i.e. dhcp), and anything that depends on
replies to blind multicasting/broadcasting and therefore has to operate
based on timeouts.

mdns/avahi could be your culprit...

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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