Gregory P. Ennis
PoMec at PoMec.Net
Wed Dec 14 14:00:12 UTC 2005
On Wed, 2005-12-14 at 13:33 +0000, Paul Howarth wrote:
> 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).
I felt that hit on sendmail too. I would agree that it is hard to
master.... (if anyone really masters it). However, I have always been
able to accomplish what I wanted by doing a little background reading.
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