Why is sendmail in the core of FreeBSD?

Gabriel Dragffy gabe at dragffy.com
Sat Sep 22 04:48:36 PDT 2007

On 22 Sep 2007, at 12:34, Andrew Pantyukhin wrote:

> On Sat, Sep 22, 2007 at 11:55:51AM +0100, Gabriel Dragffy wrote:
>> Just been wondering about this. If you do a standard install of  
>> FreeBSD it
>> includes things such as a basic FTP daemon, all the various  
>> utilities such
>> as df, ls, etc. SSHD etc. I assum these are all in FreeBSDs core, as
>> developed in the same CVS repo. Having read the mails on this list  
>> for
>> several weeks it seems obvious that most people regard Postfix or  
>> EXIM to
>> be the best MTAs, so I'm wondering why is sendmail the MTA that is  
>> integral
>> to FreeBSD? Wouldn't it be ace to have the default one be Postfix or
>> something?
> At the time sendmail was integrased into FreeBSD other MTA's were
> pretty much out of the question. Ever since then, the integration
> has been very well-maintained (thanks to gshapiro) and changing
> the default MTA to something else is simply not worth the pain
> that comes with it.
> Personally I use Postfix wherever I need an MTA, it only takes a
> few minutes to install it from ports. The benefit of ports is you
> can configure all the options you need. We can't keep mysql
> client and dovecot sasl in the base system, most people would
> have to reinstall Postfix from ports even if it was the default
> MTA in our base.

I see, thank you for the heads-up. It is interesting. Personally I  
try to use the software that comes with the OS where possible.  
Especially in the case of FreeBSD, as I find the core software is  
rock solid and I love that. I think I'll learn how to configure  
sendmail and try sticking with it. At least it is documented somewhat  
in the handbook.

Many thanks to all



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