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Upgrading Debian Etch to Lenny

Debian Etch has been serving me well for a few years with wonderfully easy and infrequent maintenance.

However it’s at the end of its life

So I’ve upgraded to Lenny following these instructions

It was remarkably painless

One small problem with the mail system.

Errors were encountered while processing: exim4-config imapproxy exim4-base exim4-daemon-light courier-imap at bsd-mailx courier-imap-ssl mailx

But scrolling upwards I got a more helpful error message

A package failed to install. Trying to recover: Setting up exim4-config (4.69-9) … DEBCONFsomethingDEBCONF found in exim configuration. This is most probably caused by you upgrading to exim4 4.67-3 or later without accepting the suggested conffile changes. Please read /usr/share/doc/exim4-config/NEWS.Debian.gz for 4.67-2 and 4.67-4

So I purged exim, deleted the config files, reinstalled it and now everything seems good.