Re: Starting MTA:
2009/9/18 Tom H <email@example.com>:
> firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
>>> in the booting sequence of Debian lenny I see a line saying
>>> Starting MTA:
>>> It "takes ages" until Debian comes up with "exim4". Thus booting takes
>>> quite some time.
>>> What does that mean?
>>> Do I have to have that?
>>> If not, how can I get rid of it.
> email@example.com wrote:
>> If you just got a desktop or laptop setup you don't really need a mail
>> server running. So removal is very simple all you have to do is:
>> apt-get remove --purge at bsd-mailx exim4 exim4-base exim4-config
> I agree with Dale. On a laptop or a desktop, there may not even be any
> mail sent. Check whether there is any mail in /var/spool/mail. My
> netbook does not have any - for any user.
> If you are unsure (given the other responses), you could run
> update-rc.d -f exim remove
> to stop exim from running without changing any of its settings.
> If you decide to uninstall exim, see Dale's email.
> I you decide to reset exim to its original init params, run
> update-rc.d exim4 start 20 1 2 3 4 . stop 20 0 1 6 . (<-- note the period)
True I maintain a mixture of Debian boxes and the only ones that have
mail servers on them are servers or firewall / gateway / routers to
send mail local or across a network to a central computer for the
purpose of getting logs sent from programs like bind9, syslog,
rkhunter, etc. And for the Desktop environments I have not had them
send any emails due to the nature of the software they are running.
In a corporate environment you may need desktops to send system based
emails to a central mail server to catch minor problems early before
they come a major problem.
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