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

Lars Eighner luvbeastie at larseighner.com
Wed Oct 28 04:55:01 UTC 2009

On Wed, 28 Oct 2009, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:

> On Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:24:38 -0500 (CDT), Lars Eighner <luvbeastie at larseighner.com> wrote:
>> Evidently by making it necessary to learn yet another scripting
>> language to configure it.  Other than personal profit I cannot see why
>> people are clinging like grim death to something this fubar.  Really,
>> let's go past this one more time:
>> "Sure, sendmail.cf is hard to work with so the solution is you learn m4!"
>> Did you look at the link he offered?  How helpful is that?
>> Beside which, m4 is a PORT.  So if sendmail is not configurable
>> without a port, why isn't it a port?
> Can we go back to our regular hacking, please?  m4 is not a port:
>  $ which m4
>  /usr/bin/m4

Evidently my package database is corrupt in some way, because it shows m4 as
an installed port.  I wonder how that happened, how to fix it, and if it
will bite if I leave it alone.

Lars Eighner
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