Why is sendmail in the core of FreeBSD
bv at wjv.com
Sat Sep 22 05:15:34 PDT 2007
press any key to reboot
Damn damn damn freebsd-questions-request at freebsd.org said, after
restarting his PC and mailer on Sat, Sep 22, 2007 at 12:00 .
> Date: Sat, 22 Sep 2007 12:48:22 +0100
> From: Gabriel Dragffy <gabe at dragffy.com>
> Subject: Re: Why is sendmail in the core of FreeBSD?
> 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?
Sendmail still is one of the strongest mailers out there. And a
great many ISPs still use it.
> > 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
Back when sendmail was a real pain to get running - in the
mid-to-late 1980s when I first came across it, I moved to 'smail'
as it was easier to run/undrestand. But by the early '90s I moved
over to sendmail and have run it for two ISPs.
As to handbook, if you want to know more than you ever wanted to
know about Sendmail - O'Reilly has a book on it - well over
1200 pages long.
Current shipping sendmail in FreeBSD is almost plug-and-play.
Bill Vermillion - bv @ wjv . com
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