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Norbert Tretkowski recently worked on packaging MySQL 5.0.67, the latest Community Edition release of MySQL Server. But, since the next Debian version – Lenny – is already frozen, the packages were not uploaded to the official archive.

Instead of that, I rebuilt them and made them available on Dotdeb for Etch amd64/i386.

Please take a look at the official Changelog before upgrading and thank Norbert for his good work.

Posted by & filed under Documentation, Mail.

The Qmail package from Dotdeb has been built with SMTP-auth features (but disabled by default). Here is the way to use them…


First of all, we suppose that :

  • you installed the last Qmail and Vpopmail packages from Dotdeb
  • you’re launching them using the bundled init scripts (with tcpserver)


To enable SMTP-auth, you just have to edit the /etc/init.d/qmail init script and replace these lines :

sh -c "start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --user qmaild
  --pidfile /var/run/ --make-pidfile
  --exec /usr/bin/tcpserver -- -R
  -u `id -u qmaild` -g `id -g nobody` -x /etc/tcp.smtp.cdb 0 smtp
  $rblsmtpd /usr/sbin/qmail-smtpd 2>&1
  | $logger &"

by these ones :

sh -c "start-stop-daemon --start --quiet --user qmaild
    --pidfile /var/run/ --make-pidfile
    --exec /usr/bin/tcpserver -- -R
    -u `id -u qmaild` -g `id -g nobody` -x /etc/tcp.smtp.cdb 0 smtp
    $rblsmtpd /usr/sbin/qmail-smtpd /usr/sbin/vchkpw /bin/true 2>&1
    | $logger &"

Then, we have to setuid /usr/sbin/vchkpw :

chmod u+s /usr/sbin/vchkpw

and restart Qmail :

/etc/init.d/qmail stop
/etc/init.d/qmail start

The result

You will now be able to use the SMTP PLAINTEXT authentification. You just have to configure your favorite mail transport agent…

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On August 7th, the PHP Group has published the last version of PHP4, numbered 4.4.9 :

It continues to improve the security and the stability of the 4.4 branch and all users are strongly encouraged to upgrade to it as soon as possible. This release wraps up all the outstanding patches for the PHP 4.4 series, and is therefore the last PHP 4.4 release.

On August 22nd, Stefan Esser released the appropriate Suhosin patch, allowing me to package PHP 4.4.9 for Debian Etch amd64/i386 (Sarge support is now discontinued).

Take a look at the PHP4 Changelog before upgrading.