Need to build a new mail server

DAve dave.list at
Fri May 30 15:39:14 UTC 2008

Eric Zimmerman wrote:
> Foo JH wrote:
>> I like Qmail. It's not overly difficult to configure, and it's 
>> extensible.
> and requires 400 patches to do basic things =(

List them, not 100, not 399, all 400 please.

Keep in mind that when your download x.x.x release of a software package 
you are downloading a "patched" source code. Sendmail has been patched 
many times, Postfix is patched, Exim is patched. qmail just requires you 
apply your own patches. Patching is not a bad thing, shrinkwrap mail 
admins applying patches that they do not understand is a bad thing.

> heres some interesting reading about qmail...

That so much time and effort is spent telling everyone how bad qmail is 
still amazes me. It is one of the best performing and most extensible 
MTAs I have ever used. It is not however, suitable for those who choose 
not to understand how mail works. Point and clickers should stay with 
Postfix, also a very capable MTA.


In 50 years, our descendants will look back on the early years
of the internet, and much like we now look back on men with
rockets on their back and feathers glued to their arms, marvel
that we had the intelligence to wipe the drool from our chins.

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