Why is sendmail is part of the system and not a package?

Chris Rees utisoft at googlemail.com
Tue Oct 27 09:16:35 UTC 2009

2009/10/27 Lars Eighner <luvbeastie at larseighner.com>:
> On Tue, 27 Oct 2009, Jonathan McKeown wrote:
>> On Monday 26 October 2009 21:29:27 Yuri wrote:
>>> It's in /usr/sbin/sendmail.
>>> How many people actually use it? Very few.
>>> Why isn't it moved to ports?
>> What is this anti-sendmail obsession people have?
> The configuration is opaque, to put it kindly.

Are you talking about sendmail.m4 or sendmail.cf? Because we stopped
editing sendmail.cf by hand years ago..... I really don't think
configuring it properly is difficult.

As you kindly cut out of Jonathan's post when you replied to it,

"Almost everyone I've ever spoken to about why they dislike sendmail trots out
a bunch of cliches based on sendmail 8.8. People, we're up to sendmail 8.14
now. Get over it!" [1]


[1] http://www.mail-archive.com/freebsd-questions@freebsd.org/msg223489.html

A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
A: Top-posting.
Q: What is the most annoying thing in a mailing list?

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