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Old 09-26-2005, 01:43 PM   #1
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completely replacing exim with qmail -- update-alternatives?

I've got a server (running Debian Woody) that I'd like to turn into a mail server. I'd like to use qmail (plus courier-imap) instead of exim. My question is, how to do I completely remove exim, replacing it with qmail?

qmail comes as a src pkg. You apt-get it, build it with its own build script, then install the resulting binary pkg.

For it to take the place of exim, I think it may involve "update-alternatives"... There's already a few mail-related links in /etc/alternatives, and I'm trying to make sense of it. I think this might be the key.

I don't believe this box was ever a *working* mail server in the past, but nevertheless, it has/had some mail packages installed:
ii  exim           3.35-1woody4   An MTA (Mail Transport Agent)

rc  fastforward    0.51-woody1    handles qmail forwarding according to a cdb 
ic  qmail          1.03-woody1    a secure, reliable, efficient, simple messag
ii  qmail-src      1.03-38        Source only package for building qmail binar
rc  qmail-uids-gid 1.0.0          uids and gids for the debian var-qmail insta
Googling around, I've found one doc that might be useful:
but it doesn't say anything about removing/replacing exim.
Old 09-26-2005, 05:13 PM   #2
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Whoops. Sorry. Finding some more stuff on the net...

apt-cache show equivs


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