best options for a *WORKING* MTA

Jon Radel jon at
Mon Jun 1 20:37:10 UTC 2015

On 6/1/15 3:11 PM, Aryeh Friedman wrote:
> Yes I did I said several time....
Once by my count, in reference to sendmail only.  But who's counting.
> I specifically said I can connect to port 25 from localhost but not 
> remotely... I fixed it with exim so it is not an issue any more but 
> the point is the default sendmail config is simply broken and so badly 
> documented that making it work as described in the handbook or on 
> various sites for 10.1 is very confusing
Sendmail confusing -- say it's not so.  Ah, for the good old days when 
you edited directly, instead of all this fruh-fruh macro 
stuff, after carefully studying the 1,282 pages that are the 4th edition 
of O'Reilly's sendmail.

Did you change the default

sendmail_enable="NO"    # Run the sendmail inbound daemon (YES/NO).

to "YES" in your /etc/rc.conf?  You're describing the default behavior 
if you don't do that.  If you didn't, might I suggest as a general rule 
that you read /etc/defaults/rc.conf for anything that ships with base 
and doesn't work as you want; it's quite well commented.  And no, you 
don't need SASL or anything else from ports.  And yes, that's a sensible 
default; every server accepting mail from anywhere out-of-the-box by 
default would cause more messes than it would solve.

As for postfix, as the default port includes a config file that includes 
listening on all interfaces, so if you were seeing the same thing there 
I wouldn't know what the issue is.

But if you're happy with exim, all should be well.

--Jon Radel
jon at

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