Sendmail still default?

Lutz Lange llange at redhat.com
Fri Oct 17 12:11:19 UTC 2008


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Patrice Dumas schrieb:
> On Fri, Oct 17, 2008 at 01:31:32PM +0200, Lutz Lange wrote:
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>> Hi,
>>
>> i've just wondered why sendmail is still the default MTA in Fedora.
>> Please enlighten me?
> 
> This is a (very) controversial issue. If I recall well, it has been
> decided not to change anything for F10, but there was an heated thread
> some time ago, and maybe this could be discussed in the timeframe of 
> F11. To sum up some people considered that local delivery was a must for
> the default MTA, and that a send-only MTA wasn't good enough, eg, for
> cronie. My personnal opinion is that there should not be any MTA in the
> @base or @code group, and that a MTA should be chosed if it is pulled in
> as a dependency, so it could be sendmail or anything else. Whether local
> delivery is a must for cronie or other packages that today require
> /usr/sbin/sendmail is another story that caould be discussed a bit more,
> though in the end it seems to me that this should be up to the
> maintainer.
> 
> But could you please elaborate a bit more on something like a proposal?
> 
> --
> Pat
> 

Hi Pat,

i'm an instructor an just had students wondering why we still ship
sendmail as default. All i was really looking for was a good
argumentation shows why we do it like that. I wanted to show that is was
a choice and that we do it for good reason.
  The for me obvious alternative is using postfix as default. This seams
more up to date, easier to configure, and it's not a big blob of binary
software as sendmail seams to be. For the stability argument, i've hear
that sendmail and postfix are quite comparable and have had about the
amount of bug both in severity and count over the last few years.
  But to be fair, i will confess, i'm not really that deep into Mail and
therefore the wrong person to judge from a professional perspective.
Though i think we should provide good reasons for the thinks we ship /
do. An just arguing we've done this for X years this way, doesn't seam
enough somehow.

Cheers
Lutz
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