[CentOS] Recommend Mail Server

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Mon Nov 23 19:34:43 UTC 2009

On Mon, 2009-11-23 at 13:25 -0600, Les Mikesell wrote:
> fred smith wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 23, 2009 at 08:55:38AM -0800, John R Pierce wrote:
> >> Susan Day wrote:
> >>> Hi;
> >>> I don't want sendmail. What's a good secure email server that I can 
> >>> yum? I really only need smtp right now, but who knows what the future 
> >>> will bring?
> >> SMTP only provides for relaying mail.    a mail server typically needs 
> >> a  MTA (message transfer agent, smtp such as sendmail, postfix), a MDA 
> >> (message delivery agent, such as procmail), and a MUA (message user 
> >> agent, such as POP, IMAP, and various local unix mail readers).
> >>
> >> any mail server is only as secure as you configure it.     the usual 
> >> alternative to sendmail is postfix, which many people find simpler to 
> >> configure than sendmail.
> > 
> > :)
> > but then what ISN'T simpler to configure than sendmail?
> > :)
> Hardly anything, given that it is almost completely done for you in the 
> supplied /etc/mail/sendmail.mc file.  You just have to fix the 
> intentionally-borked DAEMON_OPTIONS if you want to receive outside mail, 
> fill in SMART_HOST if you'd like another machine to relay for you, and 
> add entries in the access file for networks you want to relay for. And 
> restarting the sendmail service will do the updates you need after 
> changing these files.
This reminds me of the Woody Allen movie where they asked the couple,
how often they had sex and the man said, "hardly ever, maybe only twice
a week" and the woman said "it seems like all of the time...maybe twice
a week"


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