Backup mail server?

Matthew Miller mattdm at
Mon May 16 20:07:05 UTC 2005

On Mon, May 16, 2005 at 08:59:32PM +0100, James Wilkinson wrote:
> And this is the problem: by the time any MX has accepted e-mail for you,
> you've lost the chance to do a whole set of anti-spam checks. If you
> control the backup MX, you can set it to do the same checks as your main
> MX. If you don't, then your backup MX is a highway around your anti-spam
> defences. And spammers know this. Their tools know this.

This just amounts to "don't use an ummaintained machine with no anti-spam
tools for your backup MX". I don't see why that in any way invalidates the
whole idea. (In fact, for the reasons you describe, one might want to have
*stricter* spam checking rules on the backup MX.)

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