Default-installed MTA (was Re: MTA virtual provides craziness)

Kevin Fenzi kevin at
Mon May 20 23:01:30 UTC 2013

On Mon, 20 May 2013 15:55:24 -0700
Adam Williamson <awilliam at> wrote:

> On Mon, 2013-05-20 at 21:27 +0100, Peter Robinson wrote:
> > > if a disk dies it is nice to have it in syslog but
> > > it is useless if you see it days later while a mail
> > > from crond is more or less real time
> > 
> > You still have to configure all of that and whether a MTA is
> > installed automatically or not doesn't really make it work out of
> > the box.
> For basic local delivery, configuration is not required. Mail to root,
> any default aliases of root, and any existing local user is delivered
> with sendmail's OOTB configuration, to /var/spool/mail where you can
> read it.

Sure, but do many users do? Or does it sit there until the end of time? 

Would more or less folks read logs? 

It seems kinda a toss up to me. On one hand folks who have been around
a while might well read root emails. On the other hand, anyone seeing
problems would probably be more likely to check logs than know they
should read root emails off hand. 

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