Why is sendmail bad?

Josh Boyer jwboyer at jdub.homelinux.org
Thu Feb 24 20:42:45 UTC 2005

On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 03:04:40PM -0500, Richard June wrote:
> On Thursday 24 February 2005 14:53, Josh Boyer wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 24, 2005 at 11:45:15AM -0800, Kenneth Porter wrote:
> > > There seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction with sendmail in the call to
> > > replace it with Exim or Postfix, but I didn't see any specifics about why
> > > people object to it. Anyone care to give details?
> >
> > Most of the discusion has been about what should be the default.  For
> > "newbies" sendmail can be a pain to configure.  It's documentation leaves
> > something to be desired, and the default sendmail.cf file isn't all that
> > helpful.
> >
> > That's not to say that sendmail isn't useful or does't work properly.  It
> > does. But if a package is going to be the default for a distribution, it
> > should also be fairly simple for new users to configure and adapt to.
> I take issue to that. sendmail has always been *TONS* easier for me to 
> configure then postfix/exim. the sendmail.mc file is simple to understand and 
> edit. 

I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.  Anything that requires using m4 after
editing a config file isn't intuitive IMHO.


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