From: Dave Wilson (dave.wilson at domain heanet.ie)
Date: Thu 27 May 1999 - 09:57:26 IST
On Thu, May 27, 1999 at 02:51:06AM +0100, Peter Dempsey wrote:
> As I understood it I needed sendmail to transport my mail but it seems I
> don't. How is this? Can I simply remove it or what advantages can I get
> from using it?
Guys, bear with my while I iterate this, but it doesn't seem to be documented
anywhere usefully visible:
You don't need to run sendmail on startup unless you are running a mail server
And if you are running a mail server, you'll know about it - there'll be a
*lot* of things to configure (like DNS, anti-spam, POP/IMAP mailboxes) that
sendmail itself will be the least of your troubles.
If you use something like Netscape mail, which uses a remote POP and SMTP
server, you don't even need sendmail on your system. If you use the local
machine as an outgoing SMTP server (or use a client like pine|elm|mutt),
leave Sendmail installed, and add this to your crontab to make sure that
undeliverable mail gets retried every 20 minutes:
20 * * * * root /usr/sbin/sendmail -q
Make no mistake, Sendmail is great (I am most suspicious of qmail, vmailer)
but 90pc of people don't need to run it as a daemon - which is more swap
space for all, and one less thread to watch on BUGTRAQ.
All the best,
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