[CentOS] Postfix vs Sendmail

Sat Nov 2 16:28:52 UTC 2013
Andrew Holway <andrew.holway at gmail.com>

when in doubt; use google mail. :)

On 2 November 2013 15:57, Harold Pritchett <harold at uga.edu> wrote:
> On 11/2/2013 8:57 AM, Timothy Murphy wrote:
>> I have two CentOS-6.4 servers, in different places.
>> I am running postfix/amavis on one, and sendmail/procmail on the other.
>> I don't recall having any difficulty setting up sendmail many years ago
>> using sendmail.mc .
>> But I found postfix very complicated to setup last year.
>> (It's working fine now.)
>> I recall that when I asked for advice
>> one person advised me to read 2 books on postfix,
>> and another advised me to pay someone to set it up.
>> I asked why postfix was preferable, but didn't any convincing reply.
>> The general response was along the lines that it was the "modern" way.
>> Having looked into postfix/amavis a little further,
>> it seems to me to involve excessively complicated processes
>> (at least for a simple home server)
>> with email going along spaghetti-like routes.
>> Am I alone in this view?
> Not at all.  Selection of a mail agent borders on a religious topic.  I personally am a devout sendmail admin.  I have been running sendmail since I was the sysadmin of a network
> of sun4 pizza boxes back in the 1980's.  I even met Eric Allman at a USENIX conference once.  I've have given sessions on installing and configuring sendmail at national and
> international conferences.  I once installed sendmail on an IBM Mainframe running Redhat Linux.
> Are there better servers?  Probably.  According to WIkipedia, the only mail servers with more than 10% of the servers on the internet running them are Sendmail, Microsoft Exchange
> Server, Exim and Postfix, but these are hardly the only ones out there.
> In CentOS 6, postfix is the default server.  What does that mean? It means that postfix is pre-selected in the anaconda install script.  If you want to run something else, and not
> have to deal with un-installing postfix and installing your own religion then just un-select postfix and select your own when you do the initial install.  You know, check the boxes
> saying you want to edit the packages being installed and make the changes before you do the install.
> Let's not get into a religious shouting match here.  You know, the my software is better than yours kind of thing.  Pick what you are comfortable with and run it.  They all do
> basically the same thing, just in different ways.
> Harold
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