Reasons behind defaulting atd and sendmail

Michael Cronenworth mike at
Fri Sep 5 06:21:40 UTC 2008

Are there any legitimate reasons why the "atd" and "sendmail" services 
are enabled by default? A "default" install is for a desktop and they 
are quite useless in that regard.

Sendmail only stores the logwatch output, which actually accumulates 
after a period of time because no normal desktop user reads the mail. It 
could possibly fill up a hard drive on a small drive, such as a eeePC 
4gb system. I realize we all have terrabyte hard drives now and logwatch 
is only kilobytes in size, but it's still garbage. Don't get me wrong, I 
use logwatch mail on Fedora server installs, but for a desktop user... 
who never reads it...

As for 'at' well... do *normal* Fedora users have any benefit from this 
starting up? I realize there is a gnome-schedule utility, but it is not 
installed by default.

I'm not trying to start a flamewar. I am just curious.


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