[ITP] Sendmail 8.14.9

Christian Franke Christian.Franke@t-online.de
Mon Nov 3 17:16:00 GMT 2014

Corinna Vinschen wrote:
> On Nov  2 13:43, Christian Franke wrote:
>> D. Boland wrote:
>>> Christian Franke wrote:
>>>> The following should IMO never be done in a postinstall script:
>>>> - Creation of user and group accounts.
>>>> - Installation of services.
>>>> - Setting alternatives to manual mode (/usr/sbin/alternatives --set ...)
>>>> Please consider moving the above to the sendmail-config script.
>>> All steps in postinstall are necessary for running Sendmail.
>> Note that the above steps are re-done on each package update.
>> The installation of sendmail does not imply that the user wants to run it
>> immediately.
> These are important points.
> For other services we never create the accounts without the user
> explicitely requesting them by calling the <service>-config script.
> The other problem is that you don't know if creating the a local account
> is the right thing to do.  In many companies there are restrictions on
> creating a local account and a domain account has to be created instead.
> Your config script has to take that into account by checking if a matching
> user account exists already or to ask the user if it should be created.

BTW: The procmail package is also affected. Its postinstall script 
creates a local group 'mail' using 'net localgroup ...'. This should be 
changed, IMO.


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