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

Lars Eighner luvbeastie at larseighner.com
Thu Oct 29 20:08:37 UTC 2009

On Thu, 29 Oct 2009, Ruben de Groot wrote:

> sendmail is NOT a legacy application. It's actively being developed
> ON FreeBSD. Actually, the maintainer(s) are doing a great job


Why does sendmail call up the internet during boot?  If it needs to know who
it is, why can't it look in hosts?  Since it cannot be trusted to send mail,
what does it need to know from the internet?  It has been horribly broken
for the 15 years or so that I have run FBSD, and this m4 stuff is a pile of
crap.  There is no documentation whatsoever.  Unless you buy a book from
O'Reilly and line the pockets of the "maintainer(s)."  Why can't it be a
option to configure the system without it?  Not any money in that, is there?

Lars Eighner
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