default smtpd

Liam J. Foy liamfoy at
Wed Sep 8 13:35:39 PDT 2004

On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 16:09:59 -0400
"George Georgalis" <george at xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Wed, Sep 08, 2004 at 07:05:22PM +0000, Liam J. Foy wrote:
> >On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 14:54:28 -0400
> >"George Georgalis" <george at xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >> 
> >> It seems every Linux/BSD has reoccuring wars with what MTA to use by
> >> default, everyone has their own ideas and licenses. For me, one of the
> >> first things I do with a box is run my scripts to rip out the existing
> >> smtpd and install my own preference.
> >> 
> >> While a mail transfer mechanism is pretty much required with a base
> >> install, I don't think a full blown mail transfer agent is. I propose
> >> a default simple smtp forwarder which will listen to and
> >> deliver locally or forward the connection to a local or isp smtpd, as
> >> configured.
> >> 
> >> Will this cause anyone problems?
> >
> >This is what you would need. Not everyone would have similar situations
> >to you. People may need more options than what a 'simple' smtp forwarder
> >can offer.
> I'm aware of that and a simple smtp forwarder would NOT meet my needs for
> any but the most temporary installations.
> I suggested it because there are so many different opinions about
> what MTA people want on their box. My sense is ANY MTA will have a
> majority against it. A simple forwarder backs away from the debate by
> providing robust, if minimal, solution to the basic need for local port
> 25 functionality. Underlying philosophy being, any particular full
> blown MTA will be undesirable to a significant group; while a minimal
> forwarder/MDA will provide core functionality and allow admins to easily
> switch to their particular desired MTA.

Whether we have a fully blown MTA or a simple forwarder, it is still pretty
simple to switch to your preference MTA anyway. It may just take alittle bit
longer to remove the 'fully' blown MTA. With ports and packages, it makes it
easier than ever to simply move MTA.

> I'm not suggesting a minimal forwarder/MDA is a good solution, only that
> it is the best solution. I'm really interested in what actual problems
> this would cause people.
> Or I could be all wrong, do most BSD admins just prefer sendmail?
> // George
> -- 
> George Georgalis, systems architect, administrator Linux BSD IXOYE
> cell:646-331-2027 mailto:george at xxxxxxxxx

-Liam J. Foy
"Love is like maths -- the idea is simple but can be quite complicated."

More information about the Kernel mailing list