The mail server situation

Odhiambo Washington odhiambo at
Sun Mar 15 11:54:20 UTC 2015

On 15 March 2015 at 14:34, Manish Jain <bourne.identity at> wrote:

> Hi,
> I have been trying to set up a mail server on a new FreeBSD 10.1 (amd64)
> machine. It is turning into quite a challenge, which I am having to persist
> with simply because I had set up qmail to work nicely 9 years back for
> another company on 5.3 or (5.4).
> I suppose every administrator for mail faces the following situation when
> taking up a mail server migration :
> 1) email user addresses are existing and have to be served via IMAP/POP +
> SMTP as in place (except elementary re-configuration on the client). The
> server has a public, static IP bound to an MX record (or so I believe)
> 2) access to mail via web
> 3) spam control via any working plugin like spamassassin
> 4) optional support for ssl/tls/ipv6 (although I would frankly like all of
> these locked up in their own jails)
> There are tons of HowTo's out there on the web, all suffering from similar
> symptoms :
> 1) Broken : it turns out that qmail is not even working on FreeBSD 10.1.
> God knows why the port was shipped in the first place
> 2) Very poor documentation. FreeBSD's famed handbook is a starting
> example. It begins the mail section with the presumption that the user does
> not know what is email and tries to define it in terms of traditional mail.
> (I wonder why the authors even have to presume that the user is acquainted
> with the concept of mail). Then it moves to sendmail configuration which
> begins with the presumption that the user is already aware of terms like
> CONNECT, RELAY and SKIP. As far as I am concerned, RELAY means giving a
> letter for my girl-friend to a go-between I trust. SKIP means hopping in
> the air exactly once when I receive a reply. (Hopping is more difficult to
> define, but you can try the dictionary)
> Is there any mail server which :
> a) just works with basic commandline skills like
> cd/ls/grep/sed/awk/tar/find/locate (and of course, the famous copy and
> paste)
> b) the documentation for which works as it is on 10.1 amd64 without making
> too many excuses
> You can try and discourage me with stuff like "Read online documentation".
> But that only opens up the discussion to many more naive administrators who
> will pound mailing lists with help questions.
> --
> Regards,
> Manish Jain
Go with Exim. You could use Exim4U -

Best regards,
"I can't hear you -- I'm using the scrambler."

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