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The Debian System -- Concepts and Techniques The Debian System -- Concepts and Techniques
Martin F. Krafft Open Source Press / No Starch Press ISBN 3-937514-07-4 / 1-593270-69-0
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Future popularity-contest can also use HTTP (page 256)

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Reported on: 2005-07-25

In chapter 5. The Debian package management system on page 256:

In section 5.11.10, the popularity-contest package is introduced as a programme sending email to a central server that aggregates the data and generates statistics. Future versions of popularity-contest can optionally use the HTTP protocol as well and thus do not require a mail transport agent (such as exim4) to be installed on every system that gathers statistics.


Specifically desktop systems do not usually require a complete mail spool setup (e.g. exim4). While Debian releases leading up to and including sarge require a local mail transport agent, it will be optional starting with etch whether a machine should be able to queue mail and send it out to other mail servers, or whether fat client programmes such as Mozilla Thunderbird will simply hand outgoing mail off to the provider's smarthost. Thus, users wanting a simple desktop machine will not have to bother with the configuration of exim4 when installing new systems post-sarge.


Andreas Fester

Abhijeet Chavan, Urban Insight, Inc.: I liked Krafft's precise, straight-to-the-point writing style. He makes basic as well as advanced topics readable without coming across as either condescending or cryptic. The terse footnotes are useful and supplement the text with interesting tips and resources. This is a technical book for sure, without fluff or off-topic detours, and it's packed with information. Still, Krafft manages to impart a personal feel by sharing his observations and balanced opinions. He delivers frank assessments of the strengths, weaknesses and eccentricities of a Debian system. In fact, the book even includes an appendix on how to decide if Debian is the right GNU/Linux distribution for you.


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