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

Harald Braumann wrote:
On Thu, 07 May 2009 08:01:11 +0200
Giacomo Catenazzi <cate@debian.org> wrote:

No, most of users don't need a full MTA, but only a local MTA
(usually only sendmail command, but ev. only a socket listening to
SO I would propose a more simple mailer (esmtpd, nullmailer, ...)

No, please don't use an esoteric mailer. People who don't know and
don't want to know about their local mailer don't need to know about
Postfix' complexity. They can set up Postfix with a single debconf
questions to a minimal configuration. And people who have to
administrate multiple servers will have the same mailer on all of them,
even if only some are real MTAs and the others just need to send mail.

ok, I see.

But the problem still exists: I installed esmtpd.
Currently there is not way for other package to tell
me that esmtpd is not enough.
Take as an example python. Unfortunately it doesn't provide
a sendmail function, so it is common for python program to
use smtp module and to connect to localhost port 25, to
send mails.
This will not work with my esmtpd.
I would really like to have something like:
  - default-mta set to exim5 (or postfix or...)
  - default-sendmail set to default-mta
  - exim, postfix, etc. provide both,
  - esmtp provides only default-sendmail.

Could we do this?


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