Subject: Re: Replace system Postfix
To: NetBSD User's Discussion List <netbsd-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Matthias Buelow <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 02/03/2005 16:15:30
Greg A. Woods wrote:

> (my real point is that Sendmail(tm) vs. any other MTA is similar to the
> vi vs. emacs debates -- and the easiest way to win is include both!  :-)

The problem isn't that they're installed by default.. the problem is 
that they can be easily removed.  Thankfully there're MKSENDMAIL and 
MKPOSTFIX in mk.conf, which at least provide a little control over these 
things.  You still have to remove them manually first, though [and I'm 
missing an equivalent option for lpr; FreeBSD has NO_LPR for make.conf, 
which I always enable.]
I don't know why making this stuff more flexible has to wait until 
syspkgs are available; what's the problem with making sendmail and 
postfix ordinary packages, and giving the user the option to install 
one, both, or none of them at installation?  Same with lpr, and some 
other larger program units of questionable usefulness for most users 
(uucp and bind, for example).