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

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at be-well.ilk.org
Tue Oct 27 21:22:24 UTC 2009

I probably should move this bikeshed to freebsd-chat...

Gonzalo Nemmi <gnemmi at gmail.com> writes:

> On Tuesday 27 October 2009 6:20:35 pm Frank Shute wrote:
>> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 09:24:58PM +0200, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:
>> I can imagine that a lot of people do use sendmail - it's documented
>> in the handbook for starters. If it was taken out and replaced with
>> another MTA then there would be complaints that sendmail has been
>> taken out or "replacement MTA" is the "wrong one".
> Well .. someday UFS will be replaced by ZFS ..

Maybe.  That's still quite a way out, and who knows what else will come
along in the meantime?  

>                                             .. and one day Perl just 
> dissapeard from base .. yet the worl kept turning, and even better .. 
> no one got hurt ;)

I remember quite a bit of pain.  It was worth it, because maintaining
perl in the base was causing pain on an ongoing basis, but it was a 
problem for users in a number of different ways.

> in the other hand, those not complaining, will probably be really 
> happy .. so ...

So you keep saying, but I don't think there's any solid evidence.  Your
experience is one thing, but although I consider myself a postfix user,
I have machines that run sendmail because it just worked for their
purpose with no configuration at all.

> Doesn't ZFS mean that you have to reconfigure (or even reinstall) your 
> system?

No.  Your old configuration works just fine if you still want to keep
using it.  You won't get the advantages of ZFS, but having it in FreeBSD
didn't bre

Lowell Gilbert, embedded/networking software engineer, Boston area

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