qmail-run uses daemontools for starting qmail at boottime and additionally ucspi-tcp for running qmail-smtpd.
There are binary packages available for both, and a daemontools-run package that starts daemontools' svscan from /etc/inittab.
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Please note that the packages do not comply with the Debian Policy (Section 2.1.1 and 10.1.1), and so are not part of Debian GNU/Linux.
You can download the packages, or add
deb http://smarden.org/pape/Debian/ sarge unofficial deb-src http://smarden.org/pape/Debian/ sarge unofficialto /etc/apt/sources.list on Debian/sarge, or
deb http://smarden.org/pape/Debian/ woody unofficial deb-src http://smarden.org/pape/Debian/ woody unofficialto /etc/apt/sources.list on Debian/woody, and run
# apt-get updateThen install the packages as usual with apt-get, dpkg or dselect, e.g.:
# apt-get install qmail-run
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