Re: Evaluating MTA's
At 11:33 AM 7/10/2002 -0500, Jamin W. Collins wrote:
On Wed, 10 Jul 2002 09:22:03 -0700 (PDT)
"nate" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> some like qmail, which i really don't like since it seems to be
> hardly maintained anymore,
And on what do you base this? Is it because there isn't a new version
Qmail 1.04 will be released some day however you only need to patch version
1.03 if you need it to do something it wasn't designed to do (by DJB).
> takes patches to even compile on modern systems
Such as? I've installed it very recently with no patches.
> and is not available in binary format with debian due
> to licensing(or something).
It's available in source only, not binary only.
Qmail is distributable in binary form if you do NOT modify the source code
before building it. The problem is Debian (standards) do not like where
the Qmail stuff goes. Modifying the source (Makefile/etc...) to put things
where Debian wants them is considered modifying the source. If this
problem could be overcome, Qmail would fit nicely in "non-free" as an
alternative MTA to the others exim/sendmail/postfix/etc...
It's an issue that has DJB and Debian on opposite sides of the fence. To
solve this issue, there are debian .deb files for qmail available for
potato and woody. It puts the stuff where Debian wants them and puts
compatibility symlinks where everything Qmail looks for things. I have
been using them for a long time now with absolutely NO problems. I also
use the packages for tinydns. These packages are in the "unofficial"
section of an apt-get'able archive referenced on www.qmail.org
> also last i looked it did not include
> controls on incoming email. so if system load got to 40 or 50 qmail
> would still happily accept and queue email, and just make the
> load higher.
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