[lsb-discuss] Possible to get rid of /usr/bin/sendmail requirement in LSB 4.1?

Till Kamppeter till.kamppeter at gmail.com
Fri Jun 12 09:07:19 PDT 2009


One problem which I have with the LSB is the requirement of 
/usr/bin/sendmail. This pulls in a mail server system with daemon on 
many systems, taking resources, opening a possible security hole, asking 
question to non-tech users during the MTA installation, ... This can 
easily happen only when a printer driver from OpenPrinting gets 
installed and this can make users complain, up to users refusing LSB 
packages.

See http://bugs.linuxbase.org/show_bug.cgi?id=2407

Now I want to know whether there happened already investigations 
concerning the removal of /usr/bin/sendmail from the LSB 4.1 
requirements, as Mats Wichmann talked about in his comment on 
above-mentioned bug report.

I also want to know whether one can perhaps surround this requirement by 
  letting the LSB-packaged software not require "lsb" but a sub-package 
like for example "lsb-printing". Are these sub-package names 
standardized? We will also have to structure the content of the 
sub-packages appropriately, as for now the "lsb-printing" of the "lsb" 
package in Ubuntu requires "lsb-core" which in turn requires 
/usr/bin/sendmail. perhaps one can change these dependencies somehow so 
that lsb-printing does not pull sendmail.

    Till


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