I have been also bitten by this with sympa-6.1.1~dfsg. I opted for
"expert" (not using dbconfig) mode when installing sympa and the
Installation script was saying that there is unknown database type
(empty) as of course there was nothing configured in
/etc/dbconfig-common/sympa.conf. I had to set database type there even
if I don't want to use it. And rerun installation.
Then it overwrote my database settings in sympa.conf (comment old out
values and set empty/wrong values). And so it again failed installing
it. I just could not make values stick.
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