Input on "most correct" way to set IS_INTERACTIVE for Postfix ports

Freddie Cash fjwcash at
Tue Feb 7 21:18:45 UTC 2012

On Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 12:37 PM, Sahil Tandon <sahil at> wrote:
> On Feb 7, 2012, at 9:44 AM, rflynn at wrote:
>>> mail/postfix and its derivatives are interactive when ALL of the
>>> following conditions are true:
>>> - PACKAGE_BUILDING is undefined
>>> - /etc/mail/mailer.conf exists
>>> - /etc/mail/mailer.conf contains a line beginning with 'purgestat'
>>   - POSTFIX_DEFAULT_MTA is unset
> Right, but regardless of whether this is set, or what it is set to, the script still asks a question unless other conditions are met, and only the default answer (that is displayed along with the query) is affected.  Are you suggesting that we change the behavior to not ask the question at all, and just leave mailer.conf alone if the latter variable above is unset, and always change mailer.conf if it is set?  I just want to make sure I understand your suggestion.

Couldn't you add an OPTION for updating mailer.conf? Then, if that
OPTION is set, update mailer.conf; and if it isn't set, then leave
mailer.conf alone.

Then remove the IS_INTERACTIVE completely.

Freddie Cash
fjwcash at

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