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3 This document contains detailed information about incompatibilities that might
4 be encountered when upgrading from one release of Exim to another. The
5 information is in reverse order of release numbers. Mostly these are relatively
6 small points, and the configuration file is normally upwards compatible, but
7 there have been two big upheavals...
10 **************************************************************************
11 * There was a big reworking of the way mail routing works for release *
12 * 4.00. Previously used "directors" were abolished, and all routing is *
13 * now done by routers. Policy controls for incoming mail are now done by *
14 * Access Control Lists instead of separate options. All this means that *
15 * pre-4.00 configuration files have to be massively converted. If you *
16 * are coming from a 3.xx release, please read the document in the file *
17 * doc/Exim4.upgrade, and allow some time to complete the upgrade. *
18 * *
19 * There was a big reworking of the way domain/host/net/address lists are *
20 * handled at release 3.00. If you are coming from a pre-3.00 release, it *
21 * might be easier to start again from a default configuration. Otherwise *
22 * you need to read doc/Exim3.upgrade and do a double conversion of your *
23 * configuration file. *
24 **************************************************************************
27 The rest of this document contains information about changes in 4.xx releases
28 that might affect a running system.
31 Exim version 4.74
32 -----------------
34 * The integrated support for dynamically loadable lookup modules has an ABI
35 change from the modules supported by some OS vendors through an unofficial
36 patch. Don't try to mix & match.
38 * Some parts of the build system are now beginning to assume that the host
39 environment is POSIX. If you're building on a system where POSIX tools are
40 not the default, you might have an easier time if you switch to the POSIX
41 tools. Feel free to report non-POSIX issues as a request for a feature
42 enhancement, but if the POSIX variants are available then the fix will
43 probably just involve some coercion. See the README instructions for
44 building on such hosts.
47 Exim version 4.73
48 -----------------
50 * The Exim run-time user can no longer be root; this was always
51 strongly discouraged, but is now prohibited both at build and
52 run-time. If you need Exim to run routinely as root, you'll need to
53 patch the source and accept the risk. Here be dragons.
55 * Exim will no longer accept a configuration file owned by the Exim
56 run-time user, unless that account is explicitly the value in
57 CONFIGURE_OWNER, which we discourage. Exim now checks to ensure that
58 files are not writable by other accounts.
60 * The ALT_CONFIG_ROOT_ONLY build option is no longer optional and is forced
61 on; the Exim user can, by default, no longer use -C/-D and retain privilege.
62 Two new build options mitigate this.
64 * TRUSTED_CONFIG_LIST defines a file containing a whitelist of config
65 files that are trusted to be selected by the Exim user; one per line.
66 This is the recommended approach going forward.
68 * WHITELIST_D_MACROS defines a colon-separated list of macro names which
69 the Exim run-time user may safely pass without dropping privileges.
70 Because changes to this involve a recompile, this is not the recommended
71 approach but may ease transition. The values of the macros, when
72 overridden, are constrained to match this regex: ^[A-Za-z0-9_/.-]*$
74 * The system_filter_user option now defaults to the Exim run-time user,
75 rather than root. You can still set it explicitly to root and this
76 can be done with prior versions too, letting you roll versions
77 without needing to change this configuration option.
79 * ClamAV must be at least version 0.95 unless WITH_OLD_CLAMAV_STREAM is
80 defined at build time.
83 Exim version 4.70
84 -----------------
86 1. Experimental Yahoo! Domainkeys support has been dropped in this release.
87 It has been superceded by a native implementation of its successor DKIM.
89 2. Up to version 4.69, Exim came with an embedded version of the PCRE library.
90 As of 4.70, this is no longer the case. To compile Exim, you will need PCRE
91 installed. Most OS distributions have ready-made library and develoment
92 packages.
95 Exim version 4.68
96 -----------------
98 1. The internal implementation of the database keys that are used for ACL
99 ratelimiting has been tidied up. This means that an update to 4.68 might cause
100 Exim to "forget" previous rates that it had calculated, and reset them to zero.
103 Exim version 4.64
104 -----------------
106 1. Callouts were setting the name used for EHLO/HELO from $smtp_active_
107 hostname. This is wrong, because it relates to the incoming message (and
108 probably the interface on which it is arriving) and not to the outgoing
109 callout (which could be using a different interface). This has been
110 changed to use the value of the helo_data option from the smtp transport
111 instead - this is what is used when a message is actually being sent. If
112 there is no remote transport (possible with a router that sets up host
113 addresses), $smtp_active_hostname is used. This change is mentioned here in
114 case somebody is relying on the use of $smtp_active_hostname.
116 2. A bug has been fixed that might just possibly be something that is relied on
117 in some configurations. In expansion items such as ${if >{xxx}{yyy}...} an
118 empty string (that is {}) was being interpreted as if it was {0} and therefore
119 treated as the number zero. From release 4.64, such strings cause an error
120 because a decimal number, possibly followed by K or M, is required (as has
121 always been documented).
123 3. There has been a change to the GnuTLS support (ChangeLog/PH/20) to improve
124 Exim's performance. Unfortunately, this has the side effect of being slightly
125 non-upwards compatible for versions 4.50 and earlier. If you are upgrading from
126 one of these earlier versions and you use GnuTLS, you must remove the file
127 called gnutls-params in Exim's spool directory. If you don't do this, you will
128 see this error:
130 TLS error on connection from ... (DH params import): Base64 decoding error.
132 Removing the file causes Exim to recompute the relevant encryption parameters
133 and cache them in the new format that was introduced for release 4.51 (May
134 2005). If you are upgrading from release 4.51 or later, there should be no
135 problem.
138 Exim version 4.63
139 -----------------
141 When an SMTP error message is specified in a "message" modifier in an ACL, or
142 in a :fail: or :defer: message in a redirect router, Exim now checks the start
143 of the message for an SMTP error code. This consists of three digits followed
144 by a space, optionally followed by an extended code of the form n.n.n, also
145 followed by a space. If this is the case and the very first digit is the same
146 as the default error code, the code from the message is used instead. If the
147 very first digit is incorrect, a panic error is logged, and the default code is
148 used. This is an incompatible change, but it is not expected to affect many (if
149 any) configurations. It is possible to suppress the use of the supplied code in
150 a redirect router by setting the smtp_error_code option false. In this case,
151 any SMTP code is quietly ignored.
154 Exim version 4.61
155 -----------------
157 1. The default number of ACL variables of each type has been increased to 20,
158 and it's possible to compile Exim with more. You can safely upgrade to this
159 release if you already have messages on the queue with saved ACL variable
160 values. However, if you downgrade from this release with messages on the queue,
161 any saved ACL values they may have will be lost.
163 2. The default value for rfc1413_query_timeout has been changed from 30s to 5s.
166 Exim version 4.54
167 -----------------
169 There was a problem with 4.52/TF/02 in that a "name=" option on control=
170 submission terminated at the next slash, thereby not allowing for slashes in
171 the name. This has been changed so that "name=" takes the rest of the string as
172 its data. It must therefore be the last option.
175 Version 4.53
176 ------------
178 If you are using the experimental Domain Keys support, you must upgrade to
179 at least libdomainkeys 0.67 in order to run this release of Exim.
182 Version 4.51
183 ------------
185 1. The format in which GnuTLS parameters are cached (in the file gnutls-params
186 in the spool directory) has been changed. The new format can also be generated
187 externally, so it is now possible to update the values from outside Exim. This
188 has been implemented in an upwards, BUT NOT downwards, compatible manner.
189 Upgrading should be seamless: when Exim finds that it cannot understand an
190 existing cache file, it generates new parameters and writes them to the cache
191 in the new format. If, however, you downgrade from 4.51 to a previous release,
192 you MUST delete the gnutls-params file in the spool directory, because the
193 older Exim will not recognize the new format.
195 2. When doing a callout as part of verifying an address, Exim was not paying
196 attention to any local part prefix or suffix that was matched by the router
197 that accepted the address. It now behaves in the same way as it does for
198 delivery: the affixes are removed from the local part unless
199 rcpt_include_affixes is set on the transport. If you have a configuration that
200 uses prefixes or suffixes on addresses that could be used for callouts, and you
201 want the affixes to be retained, you must make sure that rcpt_include_affixes
202 is set on the transport.
204 3. Bounce and delay warning messages no longer contain details of delivery
205 errors, except for explicit messages (e.g. generated by :fail:) and SMTP
206 responses from remote hosts.
209 Version 4.50
210 ------------
212 The exicyclog script has been updated to use three-digit numbers in rotated log
213 files if the maximum number to keep is greater than 99. If you are already
214 keeping more than 99, there will be an incompatible change when you upgrade.
215 You will probably want to rename your old log files to the new form before
216 running the new exicyclog.
219 Version 4.42
220 ------------
222 RFC 3848 specifies standard names for the "with" phrase in Received: header
223 lines when AUTH and/or TLS are in use. This is the "received protocol"
224 field. Exim used to use "asmtp" for authenticated SMTP, without any
225 indication (in the protocol name) for TLS use. Now it follows the RFC and
226 uses "esmtpa" if the connection is authenticated, "esmtps" if it is
227 encrypted, and "esmtpsa" if it is both encrypted and authenticated. These names
228 appear in log lines as well as in Received: header lines.
231 Version 4.34
232 ------------
234 Change 4.31/2 gave problems to data ACLs and local_scan() functions that
235 expected to see a Received: header. I have changed to yet another scheme. The
236 Received: header is now generated after the body is received, but before the
237 ACL or local_scan() is called. After they have run, the timestamp in the
238 Received: header is updated.
240 Thus, change (a) of 4.31/2 has been reversed, but change (b) is still true,
241 which is lucky, since I decided it was a bug fix.
244 Version 4.33
245 ------------
247 If an expansion in a condition on a "warn" statement fails because a lookup
248 defers, the "warn" statement is abandoned, and the next ACL statement is
249 processed. Previously this caused the whole ACL to be aborted.
252 Version 4.32
253 ------------
255 Change 4.31/2 has been reversed, as it proved contentious. Recipient callout
256 verification now uses <> in the MAIL command by default, as it did before. A
257 new callout option, "use_sender", has been added to request the other
258 behaviour.
261 Version 4.31
262 ------------
264 1. If you compile Exim to use GnuTLS, it now requires the use of release 1.0.0
265 or greater. The interface to the obsolete 0.8.x releases is no longer
266 supported. There is one externally visible change: the format for the
267 display of Distinguished Names now uses commas as a separator rather than a
268 slash. This is to comply with RFC 2253.
270 2. When a message is received, the Received: header line is now generated when
271 reception is complete, instead of at the start of reception. For messages
272 that take a long time to come in, this changes the meaning of the timestamp.
273 There are several side-effects of this change:
275 (a) If a message is rejected by a DATA or non-SMTP ACL, or by local_scan(),
276 the logged header lines no longer include the local Received: line,
277 because it has not yet been created. If the message is a non-SMTP one,
278 and the error is processed by sending a message to the sender, the copy
279 of the original message that is returned does not have an added
280 Received: line.
282 (b) When a filter file is tested using -bf, no additional Received: header
283 is added to the test message. After some thought, I decided that this
284 is a bug fix.
286 The contents of $received_for are not affected by this change. This
287 variable still contains the single recipient of a message, copied after
288 addresses have been rewritten, but before local_scan() is run.
290 2. Recipient callout verification, like sender verification, was using <> in
291 the MAIL FROM command. This isn't really the right thing, since the actual
292 sender may affect whether the remote host accepts the recipient or not. I
293 have changed it to use the actual sender in the callout; this means that
294 the cache record is now keyed on a recipient/sender pair, not just the
295 recipient address. There doesn't seem to be a real danger of callout loops,
296 since a callout by the remote host to check the sender would use <>.
299 Version 4.30
300 ------------
302 1. I have abolished timeout_DNS as an error that can be detected in retry
303 rules, because it has never worked. Despite the fact that it has been
304 documented since at least release 1.62, there was no code to support it.
305 If you have used it in your retry rules, you will now get a warning message
306 to the log and panic log. It is now treated as plain "timeout".
308 2. After discussion on the mailing list, Exim no longer adds From:, Date:, or
309 Message-Id: header lines to messages that do not originate locally, that is,
310 messages that have an associated sending host address.
312 3. When looking up a host name from an IP address, Exim now tries the DNS
313 first, and only if that fails does it use gethostbyaddr() (or equivalent).
314 This change was made because on some OS, not all the names are given for
315 addresses with multiple PTR records via the gethostbyaddr() interface. The
316 order of lookup can be changed by setting host_lookup_order.
319 Version 4.23
320 ------------
322 1. The new FIXED_NEVER_USERS build-time option creates a list of "never users"
323 that cannot be overridden. The default in the distributed EDITME is "root".
324 If for some reason you were (against advice) running deliveries as root, you
325 will have to ensure that FIXED_NEVER_USERS is not set in your
326 Local/Makefile.
328 2. The ${quote: operator now quotes an empty string, which it did not before.
330 3. Version 4.23 saves the contents of the ACL variables with the message, so
331 that they can be used later. If one of these variables contains a newline,
332 there will be a newline character in the spool that will not be interpreted
333 correctely by a previous version of Exim. (Exim ignores keyed spool file
334 items that it doesn't understand - precisely for this kind of problem - but
335 it expects them all to be on one line.)
337 So the bottom line is: if you have newlines in your ACL variables, you
338 cannot retreat from 4.23.
341 Version 4.21
342 ------------
344 1. The idea of the "warn" ACL verb is that it adds a header or writes to the
345 log only when "message" or "log_message" are set. However, if one of the
346 conditions was an address verification, or a call to a nested ACL, the
347 messages generated by the underlying test were being passed through. This
348 no longer happens. The underlying message is available in $acl_verify_
349 message for both "message" and "log_message" expansions, so it can be
350 passed through if needed.
352 2. The way that the $h_ (and $header_) expansions work has been changed by the
353 addition of RFC 2047 decoding. See the main documentation (the NewStuff file
354 until release 4.30, then the manual) for full details. Briefly, there are
355 now three forms:
357 $rh_xxx: and $rheader_xxx: give the original content of the header
358 line(s), with no processing at all.
360 $bh_xxx: and $bheader_xxx: remove leading and trailing white space, and
361 then decode base64 or quoted-printable "words" within the header text,
362 but do not do charset translation.
364 $h_xxx: and $header_xxx: attempt to translate the $bh_ string to a
365 standard character set.
367 If you have previously been using $h_ expansions to access the raw
368 characters, you should change to $rh_ instead.
370 3. When Exim creates an RFC 2047 encoded word in a header line, it labels it
371 with the default character set from the headers_charset option instead of
372 always using iso-8859-1.
374 4. If TMPDIR is defined in Local/Makefile (default in src/EDITME is
375 TMPDIR="/tmp"), Exim checks for the presence of an environment variable
376 called TMPDIR, and if it finds it is different, it changes its value.
378 5. Following a discussion on the list, the rules by which Exim recognises line
379 endings on incoming messages have been changed. The -dropcr and drop_cr
380 options are now no-ops, retained only for backwards compatibility. The
381 following line terminators are recognized: LF CRLF CR. However, special
382 processing applies to CR:
384 (i) The sequence CR . CR does *not* terminate an incoming SMTP message,
385 nor a local message in the state where . is a terminator.
387 (ii) If a bare CR is encountered in a header line, an extra space is added
388 after the line terminator so as not to end the header. The reasoning
389 behind this is that bare CRs in header lines are most likely either
390 to be mistakes, or people trying to play silly games.
392 6. The code for using daemon_smtp_port, local_interfaces, and the -oX options
393 has been reorganized. It is supposed to be backwards compatible, but it is
394 mentioned here just in case I've screwed up.
398 Version 4.20
399 ------------
401 1. I have tidied and re-organized the code that uses alarm() for imposing time
402 limits on various things. It shouldn't affect anything, but if you notice
403 processes getting stuck, it may be that I've broken something.
405 2. The "arguments" log selector now also logs the current working directory
406 when Exim is called.
408 3. An incompatible change has been made to the appendfile transport. This
409 affects the case when it is used for file deliveries that are set up by
410 .forward and filter files. Previously, any settings of the "file" or
411 "directory" options were ignored. It is hoped that, like the address_file
412 transport in the default configuration, these options were never in fact set
413 on such transports, because they were of no use.
415 Now, if either of these options is set, it is used. The path that is passed
416 by the router is in $address_file (this is not new), so it can be used as
417 part of a longer path, or modified in any other way that expansion permits.
419 If neither "file" nor "directory" is set, the behaviour is unchanged.
421 4. Related to the above: in a filter, if a "save" command specifies a non-
422 absolute path, the value of $home/ is pre-pended. This no longer happens if
423 $home is unset or is set to an empty string.
425 5. Multiple file deliveries from a filter or .forward file can never be
426 batched; the value of batch_max on the transport is ignored for file
427 deliveries. I'm assuming that nobody ever actually set batch_max on the
428 address_file transport - it would have had odd effects previously.
430 6. DESTDIR is the more common variable that ROOT for use when installing
431 software under a different root filing system. The Exim install script now
432 recognizes DESTDIR first; if it is not set, ROOT is used.
434 7. If DESTDIR is set when installing Exim, it no longer prepends its value to
435 the path of the system aliases file that appears in the default
436 configuration (when a default configuration is installed). If an aliases
437 file is actually created, its name *does* use the prefix.
440 Version 4.14
441 ------------
443 1. The default for the maximum number of unknown SMTP commands that Exim will
444 accept before dropping a connection has been reduced from 5 to 3. However, you
445 can now change the value by setting smtp_max_unknown_commands.
447 2. The ${quote: operator has been changed so that it turns newline and carriage
448 return characters into \n and \r, respectively.
450 3. The file names used for maildir messages now include the microsecond time
451 fraction as well as the time in seconds, to cope with systems where the process
452 id can be re-used within the same second. The format is now
454 <time>.H<microsec>P<pid>.<host>
456 This should be a compatible change, but is noted here just in case.
458 4. The rules for creating message ids have changed, to cope with systems where
459 the process id can be re-used within the same second. The format, however, is
460 unchanged, so this should not cause any problems, except as noted in the next
461 item.
463 5. The maximum value for localhost_number has been reduced from 255 to 16, in
464 order to implement the new message id rules. For operating systems that have
465 case-insensitive file systems (Cygwin and Darwin), the limit is 10.
467 6. verify = header_syntax was allowing unqualified addresses in all cases. Now
468 it allows them only for locally generated messages and from hosts that match
469 sender_unqualified_hosts or recipient_unqualified_hosts, respectively.
471 7. For reasons lost in the mists of time, when a pipe transport was run, the
472 environment variable MESSAGE_ID was set to the message ID preceded by 'E' (the
473 form used in Message-ID: header lines). The 'E' has been removed.
476 Version 4.11
477 ------------
479 1. The handling of lines in the configuration file has changed. Previously,
480 macro expansion was applied to logical lines, after continuations had been
481 joined on. This meant that it could not be used in .include lines, which are
482 handled as physical rather than logical lines. Macro expansion is now done on
483 physical lines rather than logical lines. This means there are two
484 incompatibilities:
486 (a) A macro that expands to # to turn a line into a comment now applies only
487 to the physical line where it appears. Previously, it would have caused
488 any following continuations also to be ignored.
490 (b) A macro name can no longer be split over the boundary between a line and
491 its continuation. Actually, this is more of a bug fix. :-)
493 2. The -D command line option must now all be within one command line item.
494 This makes it possible to use -D to set a macro to the empty string by commands
495 such as
497 exim -DABC ...
498 exim -DABC= ...
500 Previously, these items would have moved on to the next item on the command
501 line. To include spaces in a macro definition item, quotes must be used, in
502 which case you can also have spaces after -D and surrounding the equals. For
503 example:
505 exim '-D ABC = something' ...
507 3. The way that addresses that redirect to themselves are handled has been
508 changed, in order to fix an obscure bug. This should not cause any problems
509 except in the case of wanting to go back from a 4.11 (or later) release to an
510 earlier release. If there are undelivered messages on the spool that contain
511 addresses which redirect to themselves, and the redirected addresses have
512 already been delivered, you might get a duplicate delivery if you revert to an
513 earlier Exim.
515 4. The default way of looking up IP addresses for hosts in the manualroute and
516 queryprogram routers has been changed. If "byname" or "bydns" is explicitly
517 specified, there is no change, but if no method is specified, Exim now behaves
518 as follows:
520 First, a DNS lookup is done. If this yields anything other than
521 HOST_NOT_FOUND, that result is used. Otherwise, Exim goes on to try a call to
522 getipnodebyname() (or gethostbyname() on older systems) and the result of the
523 lookup is the result of that call.
525 This change has been made because it has been discovered that on some systems,
526 if a DNS lookup called via getipnodebyname() times out, HOST_NOT_FOUND is
527 returned instead of TRY_AGAIN. Thus, it is safest to try a DNS lookup directly
528 first, and only if that gives a definite "no such host" to try the local
529 function.
531 5. In fixing the minor security problem with pid_file_path, I have removed some
532 backwards-compatible (undocumented) code which was present to ease conversion
533 from Exim 3. In Exim 4, pid_file_path is a literal; in Exim 3 it was allowed to
534 contain "%s", which was replaced by the port number for daemons listening on
535 non-standard ports. In Exim 4, such daemons do not write a pid file. The
536 backwards compatibility feature was to replace "%s" by nothing if it occurred
537 in an Exim 4 setting of pid_file_path. The bug was in this code. I have solved
538 the problem by removing the backwards compatibility feature. Thus, if you still
539 have "%s" somewhere in a setting of pid_file_path, you should remove it.
541 6. There has been an extension to lsearch files. The keys in these files may
542 now be quoted in order to allow for whitespace and colons in them. This means
543 that if you were previously using keys that began with a doublequote, you will
544 now have to wrap them with extra quotes and escape the internal quotes. The
545 possibility that anybody is actually doing this seems extremely remote, but it
546 is documented just in case.
549 Version 4.10
550 ------------
552 The build-time parameter EXIWHAT_KILL_ARG has been renamed EXIWHAT_KILL_SIGNAL
553 to better reflect its function. The OS-specific files have been updated. Only
554 if you have explicitly set this in your Makefile (highly unlikely) do you need
555 to change anything.
557 ****