FC4 slimfast slimfest

Jason L Tibbitts III tibbs at math.uh.edu
Thu Feb 24 16:49:39 UTC 2005

>>>>> "DW" == David Woodhouse <dwmw2 at infradead.org> writes:

DW> Both Postfix and Exim should remain, but it's just a question of
DW> which is the default. 

Honestly I would prefer that neither is the default.  Both have far too
much functionality for hosts which are not mail servers.

What's really needed is something tiny, optimized for a machine that
rarely sends mail, has a highly-available smarthost, and never
receives mail from the network:

Starts from xinetd on port 25 (localhost only).
Will queue if smarthost is unavailable.
Runs from cron to flush queue.
Submission interface is not setuid; it talks SMTP to smarthost or
Nothing else.

Exim has a mode which is close, but it rejects the message if it can't
talk to the smarthost.  Someone who really wants to run a mail server
can install one.

 - J<

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