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Date:      Wed, 14 Jan 2009 21:09:24 -0600
From:      Jeffrey Goldberg <>
To:        "mail.list freebsd-questions" <>
Subject:   Re: receiving mail
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On Jan 14, 2009, at 1:02 PM, Chuck Swiger wrote:

> On Jan 13, 2009, at 11:51 PM, Pieter Donche wrote:

>> What's wrong? Why does this not work out of the box ??
> Given the security history of sendmail, it's not prudent to enable  
> sendmail by default.

It's not just that, but people who don't understand how mail transport  
works, shouldn't be running mail servers.

> I expect to deal with sendmail for as long as I administer Unix  
> boxes, but alternatives like Postfix in particular would be my  
> preference from a number of standpoints.

I'm in the same position.  I starting running alternatives to sendmail  
in the late 90s on systems that I knew I was always going to maintain,  
but for systems that would be passed to others to maintain, I stuck  
with installing sendmail because there was much more expertise.  Now a- 
days, I'm happy to set up Postfix on such systems (but will still use  
exim for myself).



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