sendmail && dhcp

Lowell Gilbert freebsd-questions-local at
Fri Feb 27 00:26:12 UTC 2015

Matthias Apitz <guru at> writes:

> El día Thursday, February 26, 2015 a las 02:59:00PM -0500, Lowell Gilbert escribió:
>> Are you sure you *need* sendmail running by default? Most laptops don't. 
> Most laptops run Windows and of course I could read my mail like any

Um, yes. Assume I meant "Most Unix laptops don't."

> poor Windows user with a browser :-) But I don't. I fetch my mails from my
> ISP with fetchmail and pipe them through sendmail and procmail (for
> filtering); and I send upstream with SMPT && SSL to my ISP using
> sendmail. More, if you have to pay the Internet link in a hotel, for
> example in Havana time based ($4.50 per hour), it is so nice to connect a
> few seconds(!) to fetch all your mails, shutdown the link, read and
> answer the mails offline, queue answers with sendmail, and re-open the link for a
> few seconds to send the mails out. Isn't this handy?

You don't need a sendmail daemon for that.

Tell fetchmail to invoke sendmail itself instead of delivering to a
local TCP port. I don't remember the syntax exactly, but I'm pretty sure
that it's described in fetchmail's man page.

Seriously; very few laptops need to be running any kind of MTA full-time.

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