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

Lennart Poettering mzerqung at
Tue May 21 15:13:26 UTC 2013

On Mon, 20.05.13 21:36, Reindl Harald (h.reindl at wrote:

> > by default all mail messages go to root which you need root
> > permissions to access them so it's not really an argument
> and on most setups i know /etc/aliases contains
> "root: whoever at domain.tld" and the *main* difference
> is that you have to search in your logs manually and
> mails are coming if whatever event happened directly
> to your inbox
> 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
> until you watched the event in the syslog other
> people have replaced the drive long ago, where i
> work it takes 3-5 hours to get a spare drive

You know, I never doubted that delivering this by mail is very
useful. However, the discussion is about defaults, and doing what you
suggest above is already a departure from defaults (after all you edited
/etc/aliases). But if you change configuration then you can also do "yum
install sendmail" as part of your configuration change...


Lennart Poettering - Red Hat, Inc.

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