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

On 2009-05-09 22:20:47 -0700, Steve Langasek wrote:
> According to popcon, only about 68% of Debian users have exim4
> installed, and 18% have postfix installed. I don't think that's much
> of a lead for exim4, considering most of the exim4 installs are
> probably due solely to its status as a default.

If you want a user point of view, I have exim4 on my Debian machines
because this is the default (at that time I didn't even know that
postfix existed) and I have postfix on my Mac OS X machine because
this is the default there.

I had to do some simple changes in the configuration for both, without
reading the *whole* documentation. And I found that much easier with

I find exim4's config files rather obfuscated, and the relation between
"source" files and generated files is not clear; some config files are
not always taken into account because another one can override them
(things may have improved since, see bug 446367 for an example), user
changes are sometimes discarded by an upgrade, and so on... I don't
know how the postfix configuration is under Debian, though.

BTW, concerning the Bcc header, exim4 breaks the sendmail compatibility
whereas postfix is OK, IIRC.

I think that for my next Debian machine, I'll choose postfix.

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