question about Postfix

Duane Hill d.hill at
Mon Oct 1 20:04:29 PDT 2007

On Mon, 1 Oct 2007 at 19:50 -0700, jekillen at confabulated:

> Hello;
> I have a quick question about Postfix.
> When I install Free BSD and have it
> include Postfix  from packages, does
> the install process completely replace
> Sendmail with Postfix, or do I still have
> to replace Sendmail with Postfix separately?
> Thanks in advance
> Jeff K

If you install Postfix from the ports collection:


toward the end of the install process, it will ask you if you wish for the 
install to make changes in /etc/mail/mailer.conf. You tell it yes. If it 
did not ask, /etc/mail/mailer.conf should look like this:

sendmail        /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
send-mail       /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
mailq           /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
newaliases      /usr/local/sbin/sendmail

This is what so-to-speak "plugs" Postfix into the OS.

To totally disable SendMail from running at startup after a reboot, you 
have to make some additions to the /etc/rc.conf config file. Namely, you 
have to add:


Also, there are some periodic things that are ran which are SendMail 
specific that need to be disabled. That is done within /etc/periodic.conf 
as such:


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