[CentOS] Recommend Mail Server

Gilbert Sebenste sebenste at weather.admin.niu.edu
Mon Nov 23 17:15:17 UTC 2009


On Mon, 23 Nov 2009, Ron Loftin wrote:

> As others have already suggested, consider Postfix.
>
> I'm putting in my $0.02(US) so I can add my experience when I first had
> a need for a decent MTA.  I had used Sendmail in the past, but I didn't
> want to fight with the arcane syntax of the config files, and at that
> time the add-on management tools and scripts were not nearly as friendly
> to a beginner.
>
> When Postfix was suggested to me, I started reading the docs on their
> Web site, and discovered that the learning curve is nowhere near as
> steep as it is with Sendmail.  So far, Postfix has done everything I
> have needed, and with a LOT less pain.
>
> As always, YMMV.

+1. Let me throw in something else. If youa re sending more than one email 
at a time (to more than one person simultaneously), Postfix will beat 
Sendmail. It can handle high loads better than Sendmail as well. Is it the 
fastest MTA out there? Doing some Google Fu some time ago, it's right 
there with the very fastest ones. For my job, I need to send out emergency 
notifications to 400 people at once. With Sendmail, that took over 7 
minutes. With Postfix, that takes seconds, and mostly because of the 
"handshaking" with the downstream host. If it's fast, I haven't even got 
time to send the message, get to a command prompt and type "mailq" and see 
it leaving the outbox queue...because it is already gone!

Gilbert

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Gilbert Sebenste                                                     ********
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