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

Frank Shute frank at shute.org.uk
Wed Oct 28 02:14:34 UTC 2009

On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 08:45:59PM -0200, Gonzalo Nemmi wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 October 2009 7:31:34 pm Jerry McAllister wrote:
> > So, that leaves personal preference as the only real reason
> > for wanting to replace it.
> Let me get this straight .. that means that  every Linux distro, NetBSD, 
> OpenBSD and DragonFlyBSD are all doing it just out of personal 
> preference?

I'll speculate as to the reasons:

NetBSD: probably wanted something smaller footprint-wise.

OpenBSD: wanted something more secure.

Dragonfly: started afresh, so could replace it without many headaches.

RedHat: poor package management made it a pain to upgrade.

FreeBSD: ?

I can't think of a good reason why FreeBSD should get rid of it.

Saying that, it would be neat if it was taken out of base and replaced
with something minimal that could cope with the demands of cron and
not much else. Then the user is expected to install a MTA of their
choice out of ports.

That would mean less code in base and fewer security advisories.

> > ////jerry
> Best Regards
> Gonzalo Nemmi




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