Subject: Re: "sendmail" configuration file issue should be fixed
To: Johnny Billquist <>
From: Brett Lymn <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/11/2006 21:56:32
On Sat, Jun 10, 2006 at 06:11:54PM +0200, Johnny Billquist wrote:
> So I still stand by the reasoning that if you want a mail daemon, you 
> should install it yourself, you cannot depend on what's in base.

There is a MTA in base, it may not be the one that you are used to or
like but there is one there.  As was the case before, you are free to
install whatever MTA you like then only difference now is that the
people who want sendmail fall into this group whereas before they didn't.

> So, why have any?

Basically, your position is that the MTA must be sendmail or nothing.
A lot of people don't care about what the MTA is as long as the mail
gets delivered.  There is still an expectation on a unix system that
there will be an operational MTA for programs to use, -current has a
MTA to do this job.

It's really pointless to speculate as to what will or won't be dropped
in future and faintly insulting by, in effect, implying that the
people making the decisions have no idea what impact those decisions
have - which is very untrue.

Brett Lymn