Problem with Exim and Mailscanner

James Gray james at
Tue Jun 16 09:53:51 IST 2009

On 15/06/2009, at 5:44 PM, Jonas A. Larsen wrote:
> I have made a simple mod of the Debian init script so it works with  
> 1 initscript which starts both exim processes.

Nice work Jonas :)  The reason I avoided a single-script approach was  
so that the original init script was left completely untouched with  
the "hacked" scripted becoming "/etc/init.d/exim4.out".  The rationale  
was that during an exim upgrade/update from Debian, the original  
script would be "upgradeable" and left functional afterwards.  Then if  
there is any porting work to the second script, you can do that at  
your leisure.  However, once you heavily modify the original script,  
you have to manage your own updates to init script and upgrades may  
leave the modified script non-functional.

I was running Debian in a production environment and couldn't justify  
the risk to the "powers that be" and so stayed with the 2-script  
approach.  3 years down the track, and having migrated to Ubuntu LTS,  
my pair of scripts are still going even after many upgrades and updates.

Not saying either approach is right or wrong...just highlighting the  
differences between them :)  FWIW, I've grabbed a copy of your script  
for reference any way!


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