mail server

Paul Howarth paul at
Wed Dec 14 13:33:14 UTC 2005

Frank Elsner wrote:
> On Wed, 14 Dec 2005 18:16:02 +0500 azeem ahmad wrote:
>   [ ... ]
>>ok, its good. but whats about that popular servers, i.e. sendmail and qmail. 
>>should these not be used? if yes. then for which reasons.
> If you have never configured sendmail you are not a sys admin.
> If you have configured twice you are an idiot.

Ooh, a bit harsh. Some of us (Hi Alexander!) have grown up with sendmail 
and are very comfortable with it. However, it's not the easiest thing to 
configure and I'd probably advocate postfix for a beginner since its 
configuration is much more straightforward.

As for qmail, I wouldn't bother. Out-of-the-box it's not fit to connect 
to the public Internet (it's a backscatter engine for starters), and a 
good number of patches are needed to create a modern server setup. 
Normally this wouldn't be a problem as you could just pick up an RPM 
with the necessary patches applied, but the qmail license actually 
forbids the distribution of such RPMs, so you're unlikely to find one 
(at least legally).


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