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Re: Debain installed exim BIG TROUBLE

On 5 May 2003 at 16:11, Emmanuel Lacour wrote:

> On Mon, May 05, 2003 at 03:27:32PM +0200, Gregory Machin wrote:

> > where does debian launch exim from cause when i telnet in exim is running
> > but not visable under ps -ef ??

> Because by default, exim is running in standalone under debian. Just run
> update-inetd --disable smtp
> /etc/init.d/exim start

Having done this on a few boxes, I noted one slight problem with the  
the permissions of files in /var/spool/exim/db/. 

When exim is running as a daemon, these should be owner "mail", 
group "mail". When it is running from inetd they seem to be have 
owner "root". When you change from inetd to daemon the old files 
hang around with root ownership and do not get deleted or updated.

This does not stop exim from working, but it could in theory slow 
things down. The db files are "hint" files designed to improve 
performance. Without them exim reverts to a "fail safe" mode.

If they have the wrong permissions, stop exim, delete the contents of 
/var/spool/exim/db/ and restart exim. The db files will be rebuilt 
automatically with the correct ownership.

Perhaps this should be submitted as a bug.

Ian Forbes ZSD
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