Whic mail server?

krad kraduk at googlemail.com
Mon Sep 28 09:43:07 UTC 2009

2009/9/28 Karl Vogel <vogelke+unix at pobox.com <vogelke%2Bunix at pobox.com>>

> >> On Sun, 27 Sep 2009 06:01:22 -0700 (PDT),
> >> Aflatoon Aflatooni <aaflatooni at yahoo.com> said:
> A> I am running a server that is acting as the mail server for only
> A> internal users (about 50 users).  Currently we are running Sendmail...
>   First things first: if you're happy with Sendmail and your system works
>   to your satisfaction, I'd leave it be.  Just watch your logs and keep an
>   eye out for security patches.
> A> I am wondering if qmail is thought to be better than sendmail.
>   There are fanboys on all three sides of that question ("yes", "no", and
>   "qmail bites, use this-other-MTA instead").  I switched from sendmail to
>   qmail on a server because I had an odd corner case that qmail happened
>   to handle just about perfectly.  I also botched a qmail install on my
>   own workstation, didn't feel like finding out what I did wrong, and
>   decided to install Postfix instead.
>   I've had fine experiences with both qmail and Postfix.  If you're
>   using a system that's a little under-powered, you might appreciate Dr.
>   Bernstein's efforts to make qmail and its supporting tools *very* frugal
>   with OS resources.  If you're used to the sendmail way of doing things,
>   you'd probably be better off with Postfix.
>   I like Dr. Bernstein's programming approach, but be prepared to spend
>   time getting used to his way of setting up network daemons, etc.  It's
>   internally consistent but *very* different.  It takes me 30-40 minutes
>   to install all of the qmail stuff from source because I've done it at
>   least 6 or 7 times; I could probably cut that in half if I didn't save
>   build and installation outputs for my logs.  My first time took most of
>   a weekend to figure out what was going on.
> A> Any suggestions on spam filters like spam-assassin?
>   I tried SA a few years ago, and it was a little heavy-weight for my
>   filtering needs.  I use a simple Bayesian filter (ifile) trained on
>   around 100,000 spams plus some procmail rules, and I get along fine.
>   Your mileage will vary.  I saw some other comments:
> >> Qmail is not, nor has it been, actively supported for years.
>   Depends on what you mean by support.  The user community is very active;
>   have a look at http://www.ornl.gov/lists/mailing-lists/qmail/ if you
>   doubt it.  OTOH, said community can be a bit, um, brusque, but the Qmail
>   Handbook and the "Life with Qmail" webpage filled in the blanks for me.
> >> Qmail has a very limited set of features...
>   It's intended to handle one problem well, which it does.  If you have
>   some other requirements, http://www.qmail.org/ probably has a plugin
>   that will do what you want.
>   OK, now let's settle which text editor is best.
> --
> Karl Vogel                      I don't speak for the USAF or my company
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>                                                         --Clint Eastwood
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exim is worth a look, it scales very well and is fairly easy to understand.
I also has a very powerful acl language for filtering and plugs directly
into lots of av/anti spam stuff

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