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Re: rebuilding a system remotely? - FIXED

Well, didn't install smail (there doesn't seem to be a packaged version).

I did delete everything I could find, and then installed sendmail from scratch. Seems to be working, so....

Thanks to all!  And to all a good night (or early morning).


Ron Johnson wrote:
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Miles Fidelman wrote:
Ron Johnson wrote:
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Miles Fidelman wrote:
Hi Folks,

I have two machines sitting in a data center.  One of them, I've just
finished, very carefully, configuring for production use.

The other machine I've used a bit as a sandbox for trying things before
doing them on the production machine - and at this point the sandbox is
pretty well messed up.

I'd like to either
a. rebuild from scratch to Sarge
b. upgrade to a clean testing release.
either way, without a trip to the datacenter to rebuild from a CD.
How "messed up"?  IOW, what if you just started paring away
packages, aggressively making it as *minimal* as possible while
still being able to run ssh.  (From experience, I can tell you that
that's pretty darned small.)

Then, start adding back packages as you see fit.
Well... messed up as in the mail system is completely gronked.

Tried removing and purging every vestige of exim, postfix, sendmail,
then reinstalled postfix.  Can't get postfix to start.  Tried purging
postfix and getting exim to run - no dice.  I think, somewhere along the
way, I messed up a dependency.

What do /var/log/mail.err and /var/log/mail.log look like after the
failed attempt?

Actually, a horked MTA is what my first guess was when I read
"messed up"... :)

I'd install smail and slocate and *purge* any remaining exim &
postfix packages.  After rebuilding the locate DB, manually rm any
remaining files.

- --
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

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For example, it is "common sense" to white-power racists that
whites are superior to blacks, and that those with brown skins
are mud people.
However, that "common sense" is obviously wrong.
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