F20 - Unintended consequences of no default MTA - How best to fix

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Mon Dec 30 19:00:50 UTC 2013


On 12/30/2013 01:29 PM, Bruno Wolff III wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 13:24:07 -0500,
>   Robert Moskowitz <rgm at htt-consult.com> wrote:
>>
>> So no MTA seems good IF we can configure mailx to do the local 
>> deliveries.  I am kind of assuming that some changes to /etc/mail.rc 
>> might do part of the job.  Probably some /bin/sendmail script that 
>> maps sendmail arguments to a mailx call.  Plus if you DO install 
>> sendmail or postfix, it should undo this setup.
>
> It isn't clear you want the mail delivered locally. People aren't 
> likely to be reading local mail.

It isn't?  Are you saying I was not clear in saying this is for local 
deliveries only, or are you saying that for some users, they may not 
want local delivery, as they don't read mail that is locally stored in 
/var/mail/user?

More so than going through the logs.  Plus you probably can configure 
your mail reader to also process the local store as well as your mail 
server.  Got to look at Thunderbird to see if I can...

> You might want the info just logged in most cases with an alert done 
> (sort of like selinux does) for important events.
>
cron DOES log and it is kind of unreadable.  Plus the output of the cron 
process would be good to have.

And logwatch is all about taking logs and summarizing them.  Log that as 
well?  Seems a little convoluted.



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