Profile

Cover photo
18,376 views
AboutPostsPhotosVideos

Stream

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
One of the issues that always plagues me is writing code which I don't realize is non-standard.  One way to fix that is to have lots of different people constantly building it on different OS/Distro/compiler combinations.  We need a build farm!

I started with the excellent PostgreSQL Build Farm code (both client and server side) and feel that the resulting Exim BuildFarm is relatively stable and ready to be exercised.  We have several RedHat lineage machines currently building and submitting to it.  I would like to see some other OS/architecture machines join the farm so we can see build issues when commits are made.

The Exim BuildFarm web interface is at http://eximbuild.mrball.net.  There is a wiki at https://github.com/mrballcb/exim-build-farm-client/wiki which gives an overview and installation process of the client.
2
2
Kristian Köhntopp's profile photoOluf Lorenzen's profile photo
Add a comment...

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
As a reminder: after Exim 4.80, we released 4.80.1 as a security-critical fix; to avoid confusion between "4.80.1" and "4.81", when we released 4.80.1 we announced that the next release would be 4.82.  We skipped 4.81.  There is no 4.81.  4.81 is a spoon, there is no spoon.
2
Add a comment...

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
Two of the exim.org team members, Todd Lyons and Jeremy Harris, shall soon start the work of cutting the Exim 4.82 release and beginning the RC series.
 
We currently expect that the 4.82 Release Candidates, final Release, and announcement message shall be PGP signed using Todd's key:
 
  0xC4F4F94804D29EBA
 
This key is in the PGP strong set, although it does not at time of writing include any signatures directly from any other @exim.org UIDs. There is a trust path from my [Phil Pennock's] key to Todd's via a key belonging to Phil Dibowitz, 0x3795E8C5A1E732BB.
 
For the record: I [pdp] know Mr Dibowitz as a former colleague, he is very security conscious and does not issue PGP signatures without diligent checking.  He's the author of the PGP tutorial documentation available at <http://phildev.net/pgp/> and is one of the few people to whose keys I assign a GnuPG trust ranking of '4'.  Thus I have a high degree of confidence in this trust path.

You can retrieve Todd's key from any of the normal PGP keyservers; for instance:

http://ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net:11371/pks/lookup?op=vindex&search=0xC4F4F94804D29EBA

(click on the keyid in the "pub" line at the top).

This Exim release is long overdue and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Todd and Jeremy for stepping up to make it happen.

-Phil Pennock
#Exim   #Release   #PGP
1
1
Exim's profile photoPhil Pennock's profile photo
 
Oversight correction: while the email version of this was signed with my PGP key, letting anyone who actually uses PGP verify the origin of the stated trust path, this G+ post was not so signed; thus I should have actually stated the PGP key that I was referring to as mine: 0x403043153903637F
Add a comment...

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
Folks, if you subscribe to mailing-lists such as exim-users, you really need to allow UTF-8 email into your system.  Rejecting it in SpamAssassin just ends up with your subscription automatically disabled by Mailman for excessive bouncing.
1
Add a comment...

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
Alas, can't share to community and public.  Consider this an advertisement for the Exim Community on Google+.  :)
 
Security Space's MX survey for mail-server versions as of January 1st, 2012, has been published freely available (the more recent one costs money).

http://www.securityspace.com/s_survey/data/man.201112/mxsurvey.html

Exim continues to run a plurality, but not majority, of the mail-servers on the Internet.  43.32%.

Note that the majority of these servers claim to be version 4.69, which strongly suggests that they are Debian installs, with various security fixes applied.  Without Debian, Exim runs around 9% of the mail servers; assuming that the volume would shift to Postfix, Exim would drop to fourth place, behind the various Microsoft MTAs.

There's a reason that I (Phil) have been trying to improve the sometimes fraught relationship between the Exim project and all of our packagers, the Debian ones in particular: the safety of hundreds of thousands of installs depends upon our having a good working relationship and being able to work together to fix problems.

I'd like it if the exim-users list could be a little friendlier towards people with Debian-specific problems.  I think we have improved.  There's still more room to improve further.
4

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
Exim admins: anyone using eximon: can you comment on whether or not Xaw3d is available in your environment, please?

We have a patch on exim-users which updates Eximon to be more useful, and switches toolkit from Xaw to Xaw3d.

I (Phil) am tempted to merge it, so if this would break on your platform, now is a good time to speak up!

http://www.exim.org/lurker/message/20121205.174257.7a0eeb45.en.html

Thanks for any feedback.
1
Hans Morten Kind's profile photoExim's profile photoTodd Lyons's profile photoScott Neader's profile photo
5 comments
Exim
 
So sounds like at least one of the main Exim platforms would add a step but still be doable if we add an Xaw3d dependency.  Thanks Hans.
Add a comment...

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
I have uploaded Exim 4.82 to the Exim website.  It's been baking for almost a year and half and has many new features as well as bugfixes.  Details are in the release email and can also be seen in the following URLs:

http://git.exim.org/exim.git/blob/exim-4_82:/doc/doc-txt/NewStuff
http://git.exim.org/exim.git/blob/exim-4_82:/doc/doc-txt/ChangeLog
http://git.exim.org/exim.git/blob/exim-4_82:/src/README.UPDATING
11
4
Kjell Thomas Pedersen's profile photoChristian Becker-Kapraun's profile photoPhil Pennock's profile photoJan-Piet Mens's profile photo
 
Yay!  I successfully got someone else to do a release!  :)  Thanks Todd.  Good luck with 4.83.  :-D
Add a comment...

Exim
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
 
Two of the exim.org team members, Todd Lyons and Jeremy Harris, shall soon start the work of cutting the Exim 4.82 release and beginning the RC series.
 
We currently expect that the 4.82 Release Candidates, final Release, and announcement message shall be PGP signed using Todd's key:
 
  0xC4F4F94804D29EBA
 
This key is in the PGP strong set, although it does not at time of writing include any signatures directly from any other @exim.org UIDs. There is a trust path from my [Phil Pennock's] key to Todd's via a key belonging to Phil Dibowitz, 0x3795E8C5A1E732BB.
 
For the record: I [pdp] know Mr Dibowitz as a former colleague, he is very security conscious and does not issue PGP signatures without diligent checking.  He's the author of the PGP tutorial documentation available at <http://phildev.net/pgp/> and is one of the few people to whose keys I assign a GnuPG trust ranking of '4'.  Thus I have a high degree of confidence in this trust path.

You can retrieve Todd's key from any of the normal PGP keyservers; for instance:

http://ha.pool.sks-keyservers.net:11371/pks/lookup?op=vindex&search=0xC4F4F94804D29EBA

(click on the keyid in the "pub" line at the top).

This Exim release is long overdue and I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Todd and Jeremy for stepping up to make it happen.

-Phil Pennock
#Exim   #Release   #PGP
3
Phil Pennock's profile photo
 
Oversight correction: while the email version of this was signed with my PGP key, letting anyone who actually uses PGP verify the origin of the stated trust path, this G+ post was not so signed; thus I should have actually stated the PGP key that I was referring to as mine: 0x403043153903637F
Add a comment...

Exim

Shared publicly  - 
 
Good news, a new version of John Jetmore's "swaks" SMTP testing tool.
 
A new version of swaks, 20130209.0, is available for download.  New XCLIENT support, TLS enhancements, and a few bug fixes.

Links and a change summary at http://www.jetmore.org/john/blog/2013/02/swaks-release-20130209-0-available/

New stuff planned for the next release include PRDR support, a rework of the interactive IO system, and a reasonable header encoding system.  If you have a feature you’ve wanted in Swaks, let me know, now's a good time to ask.
4
3
Karl Dyson's profile photo
 
Wonder if it does IPv6... the version I have installed currently, doesn't. 
Add a comment...

Exim
moderator

Discussion  - 
 
Security Space's MX survey for mail-server versions as of January 1st, 2012, has been published freely available (the more recent one costs money).

http://www.securityspace.com/s_survey/data/man.201112/mxsurvey.html

Exim continues to run a plurality, but not majority, of the mail-servers on the Internet.  43.32%.

Note that the majority of these servers claim to be version 4.69, which strongly suggests that they are Debian installs, with various security fixes applied.  Without Debian, Exim runs around 9% of the mail servers; assuming that the volume would shift to Postfix, Exim would drop to fourth place, behind the various Microsoft MTAs.

There's a reason that I (Phil) have been trying to improve the sometimes fraught relationship between the Exim project and all of our packagers, the Debian ones in particular: the safety of hundreds of thousands of installs depends upon our having a good working relationship and being able to work together to fix problems.

I'd like it if the exim-users list could be a little friendlier towards people with Debian-specific problems.  I think we have improved.  There's still more room to improve further.
1
2
Graeme Fowler's profile photoPhil Pennock's profile photoIan Eiloart's profile photo
4 comments
 
The biggest problem that I can see (and we see already) is the abject failure of some users to follow their distribution's documentation and/or support systems.

I have no real opinion on the debconf approach, apart from acknowledging that I don't understand it properly. Like +Phil Pennock , I am unlikely to get a chance to invest the time to learn it in any detail - so we need some subscribers who do.
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
The Exim Mail Transfer Agent
Introduction
The Exim MTA powers more than half the world's mail-servers.  Licensed under the GPL, its power is its flexibility with a human-readable configuration language.
Contact Information
Contact info
Email