Provides: MTA and smtpdaemon?

Ville Skyttä ville.skytta at
Mon Apr 9 16:41:52 UTC 2007

On Monday 09 April 2007, Patrice Dumas wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 09, 2007 at 11:35:26AM -0400, Jesse Keating wrote:

> > All things that require 'MTA' should be fixed for just 'mta'.

Doesn't work.  Note that I've been trying to point out that "mta" is the name 
of the *alternative* (ie. update-alternatives stuff).  There is no such 
Provides, you can't have a dependency on it.

Anyway, repoquery doesn't list any packages with dependencies to "MTA" here.

> Wouldn't it be better to remove completly mta/MTA

Ok, but again, "MTA" only if talking about Provides.  No need to touch 
the "mta" update-alternatives name.

> but instead use 
> /usr/sbin/sendmail or mail as Requires?

To clarify, with "mail" you mean either of /bin/mail (executable) or mailx 

> And use smtpdameon when a real 
> smtp server/Mail Transfer Agent is needed ?

That would work too, leaving only semantics of "Provides: smtpdaemon" to be 
documented, and that provision probably removed from ssmtp.  And going 
through packages that have dependencies on smtpdaemon, fixing where 

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