Which mail server is the best for me?
jochen.keil at gmail.com
Mon Apr 4 09:10:22 PDT 2005
Kiffin Gish wrote:
> I would like to setup a mail server but am a little confused about whether
> to use sendmail, qmail, postfix or whatever. Basically my web server is a
> simple one to be used for personal use with maybe no more than a 10-20 mail
Those statements made by someone about qmail needing patches are not
true. Qmail runs very good here with the same usage you described above.
Someone else said that qmail breaks standards. This is true but DJB
gives a good explanation for this on his homepage. Anyway i never
experienced problems because of this (maybe because it just works?).
Furthermore configuration isn't "a pain in the ass". It takes you some
time to get the idea but then qmail will reveal you endless possibilitys
to configure qmail in a very easy and effective way (one word:
dotfiles). There are also a lot of examples and FAQs on http://cr.yp.to.
Another point for qmail: it will run reliable with daemontools.
Finally just have a look at this:
$ du -sh qmail-1.03
$ du -sh /usr/src/gnu/dist/sendmail/
$ du -sh /usr/src/gnu/dist/postfix/
(postfix and sendmail are from the netbsd source but i don't think this
> What are the advantages and/or disadvantages of each choice, and where can I
> find more information comparing them?
Again i can only speak about my own experiences. I had bind running a
long time until a friend convinced me to try djbdns. It was like: "What?
It's that easy to run a dnscache/server?". After that i followed his
recommendation straight to qmail and i don't want to miss it anymore or
feel the urge to try something different also i haven't run a mail
So much for djb advocacy.
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