Re: problem installing Sendmail
On Fri, 13 Aug 2004 23:23:57 -0700
> > It is available. Fire up one of the installers, turn off what
> > you don't want, turn on what you do, then let 'er rip. You may
> > need to be in something like "Custom Install Mode" or something
> > to get this, but that's just to save newbie butts. You can do
> > what you want to.
> I thought about that, but, (1) since "exim" is already installed
> as an MTA, I was dubious about installing *another* one, *whether
> or not* I would have to "uninstall" "exim". Knowing no more than
> I do, I would suspect that I might end up in more trouble, and end
> up spending more time that way, than I would by just learning
> about "exim", (2) I notice that "sendmail" is a virtual link to
> the "exim" executable - which causes
> me to further suspect possible miscegenation between "sendmail"
> support facilities (possibly even in the kernel) and "exim"
> support facilities- which then causes further paranoia per (1).
> (I have many, many burn scars... some of them in unmentionable
> places...), (3) if, and not when,
> the MTA I'm using blows up and embeds shrapnel and rice grains in
> my butt,
> the most important thing will be, for which MTA I can get some
> support- which is determined by the multivariable trendiness index
> of the product...
> > > Reason?: THE STUFF IS FREE. If I were paying for it, I'd feel
> > > free to
> > Very true, but it is your box. I imagine the sendmail package
> > maintainer needs love just like the others. :-) Then again,
> > maybe not. He may just be doing it so he doesn't have to run
> > exim or postfix; I don't know.
> Hey, his pet may come back into vogue again, you never know.
> These things
> change with the breeze...
> of course, some things are like tattoos - if you've got one,
> you better *hope* to hell they don't go seriously "out of style"
> (interesting, though - is there some internecine
> warfare going on between alternately trendy MTA package
> developers?*That* would be fun to watch... from a healthy
I'm familiar with, and comfortable with, Sendmail. So, when Debian
tries to install Exim I just say, "No thank you", and install
Sendmail. It was no problem at all.
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