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

Bernt Hansson bernt at bah.homeip.net
Wed Oct 28 05:35:33 UTC 2009

Lars Eighner said the following on 2009-10-28 05:46:
> 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.
%whereis m4
m4: /usr/bin/m4 /usr/share/man/en.ISO8859-1/man1/m4.1.gz /usr/src/usr.bin/m4

It's not a package.

If you want to fix it pkgdb -F

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