Problem with Exim and Mailscanner

Jonas A. Larsen jonas at
Tue Jun 16 10:55:39 IST 2009

You are of course completely right James, and I actually DID have one
occasion where an exim update overwrote my custom init script hehe.


But since I think updates to init scripts should be relatively rare, I just
stay with the one script setup, after all its not THAT big a deal to start
exim if you know how your exim /mailscanner setup works in detail.


But just to be clear, I think your completely right in saying that a 2
script solution is probably better in all ways J




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[mailto:mailscanner-bounces at] On Behalf Of James Gray
Sent: 16. juni 2009 10:54
To: MailScanner discussion
Subject: Re: Problem with Exim and Mailscanner


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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