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Re: (OT) Prejudice against sendmail?

John Kelly wrote:

sendmail.cf is not trivial.

Even Eric Allman says to treat it as a binary, and use .mc files for
configuration.  If you don't listen to the experts, who can you blame
but yourself?

Generally anything that requires you to write a configuration file that then writes another configuration file...

... is over-engineered.  Over-engineering leads to brittleness.

Sendmail up and running and doing wicked fancy things is pretty nifty. But CHANGING sendmail configurations without a backup in a production environment is brittle. Very very brittle. (Brittle, as in "shatters easily, leaving you with quite a mess to clean up".)

But then again, anyone who doesn't know what they're doing can FUBAR anything.


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