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Re: MTA dependencies ???

Michael D Schleif <mds@helices.org> writes:

> I have a box on which I want to install qmail from source.  In order to
> get it to run, I need to remove/purge *all* other MTA's (e.g., exim,
> nullmailer, &c.)

Look for packages that provide mail-transport-agent.

> In doing so, there are DEB's with MTA dependencies, and removing/purging
> DEB MTA's _also_ removes these dependent packages.

Not if you --force-depends, though that isn't the answer you're
looking for right here.

> I do not want to remove these other packages.  In fact, there will be an
> MTA on the box; but, aptitude does not know about it.
> What is the best way to accomplish this?

Build your own Debian packages.

Paul Johnson
Linux.  You can find a worse OS, but it costs more.

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