Subject: Re: Upgrading removes sendmail, breaks system config
To: None <,>
From: Pavel Cahyna <>
List: tech-userlevel
Date: 07/11/2007 11:32:10
On Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 01:26:03PM +0200, Geert Hendrickx wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2007 at 10:51:08AM +0200, Pavel Cahyna wrote:
> > I agree that mailer.conf should be updated, probably by postinstall.
> > Though, if nobody does implement it, it won't happen.
> Automatically switching to postfix may cause very bad surprises as well if
> you have tweaked your sendmail config to do special things.  I think the

Is the surprise worse than not switching to postfix and leaving the mail
system broken?

> only reasonable thing we can do is *document* the options so the user can
> decide for himself which way best suits his needs.  We can make postinstall
> detect whether sendmail from base is/was being used (by checking whether
> mailer.conf refers to /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail) and make it scream
> and point to the documentation?

No, if this situation is detected, postinstall should just make it refer
to postfix. Anybody can change it later, but this will make mail
basically work (for cron and so on).