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System (root) mail

We need to figure out what to do with system mail. This is mail sent to root, or any of the many aliases (e.g., postmaster, listmaster, webmaster) which forward to root.

All system mail is currently forwarding to me (BenScott), which I ain't thrilled about, but something needed to be done. If anyone else wants to join in and get the root mail forwarded to them as well, I'd appreciate it. Or a better idea. -- BenScott - 15 Oct 2006

MTA

We're currently running Sendmail. Maybe we should switch to something else?

Sendmail

  • Installed by default -- BillMcGonigle - 20 Feb 2006
  • Would be useful to relearn to use it since it is fairly ubiquitous. -- ColeTuininga - 21 Feb 2006
  • This is what we're using now, on liberty. -- BenScott - 23 Feb 2006
  • Limiting - hard to do handstands. Slow. Most people can only work in .mc -- BillMcGonigle - 20 Feb 2006
  • Cryptic to configure. -- ColeTuininga - 21 Feb 2006
    • While I fully agree that sendmail.cf is akin to assembly language, the .mc config file isn't too bad. -- BenScott - 23 Feb 2006

Postfix

  • Postfix appears to be the MTA of choice these days. -- BenScott - 15 Oct 2006
  • Resonably easy to configure for most anything you can think of. Support from most 3rd party packages (notably mailman). Fast. -- BillMcGonigle - 20 Feb 2006
  • Included with RHEL/CentOS. Supported. -- BenScott - 23 Feb 2006

exim

  • Highly configurable, configuration quite readable, easy to configure. -- ColeTuininga - 21 Feb 2006
    • Not a lot of 3rd party support; needs wrappers for some common tasks. -- BillMcGonigle - 20 Feb 2006
      • Bill - can you elaborate on these? -- ColeTuininga - 21 Feb 2006
  • Not as widely known, fewer admins tend to be familiar with it. -- ColeTuininga - 21 Feb 2006
  • Not included with or supported by CentOS. -- BenScott - 23 Feb 2006

qmail

  • Bizzare patch-acceptance policy and license. Good installs typically require lots of 3rd party patches of variable quality. -- BillMcGonigle - 20 Feb 2006
  • Not included with or supported by CentOS. -- BenScott - 23 Feb 2006

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