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Re: postfix as default-mta? [Re: Bug#508644: new release goal default-mta?]

2009/5/7 Brian May <bam@snoopy.debian.net>:

> esmtp can do this, if you configure it to use procmail or something.

I use and like esmtp, but I don't see how we could depend on it as
default MTA if it has to deliver local mail: like you said there must
be procmail installed and esmtp needs some configuration to use it.
Maybe a meta-package depending on esmtp-run and procmail with a
postinst script to configure esmtp?
Or, if configuring esmtp to use procmail doesn't do harm if the latter
isn't installed, it could be set this way by default and then a simple
meta-package would do.

> However, I very much dislike this Unix "feature" as it means mail can
> accumulate on any {user,system} account on any computer and not get
> noticed by the {user,system administrator}.

Not getting mail from cron is worse I think...
I would instead like to have something popping up when I log in in X
saying me "You have mail", like it happens by default if I log in from
terminal (and in movies from the '80s).


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