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Re: please deactivate services by default!

Ralf Ertzinger wrote:

On Thu, 25 Sep 2008 10:38:34 +0100, Bill Crawford wrote

Surely the SMTP server isn't absolutely required to be on localhost?
I never send any mail via localhost SMTP, it's all done through my
company's mail servers or the Google ones for personal mail.

Unfortunately, sendmail isn't just a program, it's an API. Calling
/usr/lib/sendmail has been the way to get mail out (whereever out
is) in UNIX for, well, as long as sendmail exists, which is quite some

Yes, it seems odd that it bothers someone now when computers are orders of magnitude faster than when this scheme was designed.

That does not mean that it has to be "the" sendmail, of course.

Oh, and LSB requires that it's there.

Postfix is probably the only alternative that has all of the expected functionality, but really the effort should be focused on the only real issue here which is that starting the daemon can cause a visible delay at boot time - and there are several easy fixes for that.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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