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

Chris Rees utisoft at googlemail.com
Sat Oct 31 18:10:16 UTC 2009

2009/10/29 Lars Eighner <luvbeastie at larseighner.com>:
> 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
> Bullshit.
> 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?

What's wrong with 'this m4 stuff'?

The documentation can be found in one of many of these links:



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