Sendmail still default?

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at
Fri Oct 17 13:56:54 UTC 2008

Denis Leroy wrote:
> Les Mikesell wrote:
>> It can be configured to do just about anything.
> The sendmail configuration file is arguably one of the most complex and 
> obfuscated configuration format ever designed in the history of computer 
> science. :-)

Yes, it was designed back in the days of wooden computers and iron 
programmers - with a prime concern being the runtime processing needed 
to interpret the configuration.  But these days all of the m4 templates 
anyone might ever need have already been written, so everyone just 
uncomments or tweaks a few lines in for options and the 
default already does the right thing for most people.  Or, for complex 
scenarios you can drop in MimeDefang as a milter and do most of the 
control steps with perl snippets.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at

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