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Re: please deactivate services by default!

Les Mikesell wrote:
Patrice Dumas wrote:
On Thu, Sep 25, 2008 at 11:24:45AM -0500, Matthew Woehlke wrote:
...I still feel that this is a problem. Scenario:

If we're going to disable important system functionality, it's

It is acritical system functionnality for your use case. But for other
use cases it is something annoying, it fills /var/spool with unneeded
data, there is a daemon running (only listening on localhost, but
still). your use case is not superior to the use case of a user not
wanting to have a smtp daemon in the default case.

So, before taking away standard functionality that is expected on any unix-like system, perhaps you could ask the the user in question if he cares if important system messages are quietly discarded - and if not, where he would like them to be delivered.

Yes. (replying to Patrice) As I've suggested, be damned sure people that might be relying on a local MTA either get one, or cannot possibly miss the notice that we didn't install one by default. So long as upgrades don't silently remove an existing MTA, firstboot, with an appropriate balance of gloom-and-doom and reassurance-if-you're-confused wording would probably suffice for that.

Besides; Patrice, your argument is that we should remove functionality that is critical to some users because no one has bothered to fix the /bug/ that by default logwatch sits around filling the spool with large, mostly-redundant messages.

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