Why can’t this be easy?!?!

I run a Debian box at home. It runs a web/mail/file server. I have been having problems with sendmail. Well, today, I have finally become tired of hacking sendmail to get it barely running each time I upgrade it. I reinstalled Debian. I copy some important configuration files over from my backup. I switch to using Exim. Is it quick and seamless? No!!! But I think I finally have it running. I hope. We’ll see…

Update: Well. I woke up on New Year’s Day and was greeted with a dead system. On the console window I found disk I/O error messages. Argh! So, I broke open a spare 60 gig hard drive and installed Debian from scratch. After that task, I shutdown and plugged the old drive back in as a slave. I then booted up and checked to see if my data was still there. Fortunately, it was and I copied it all off.

My system is back up and running. I will see if it holds up. The only good thing about this experience is that I have documented exactly what changes need to be done to convert a fresh install into my configuration. I have already learned to perform backups.