Re: Sendmail for the newbie

Subject: Re: Sendmail for the newbie
From: Paul J. Schinder (
Date: Mon Aug 30 1999 - 09:15:00 MDT

On Mon, 30 Aug 1999 21:02:08 +1200, Evan Read wrote:
>I have sendmail starting up when I boot into linux and I thought, why not
>that to do the job of an SMTP server and let me learn something about
>in the process.

The best thing for a newbie to learn is how to get sendmail off their
machines as quickly as possible and install either qmail
<> or Postfix <>. Personally I
use qmail, as does the machine on which this list is run. Sendmail is an
abomination for a variety of reasons.

However. if you must run sendmail. O'Reilly has an entire book about it.

>Questions are: where can I learn more about Sendmail? I have been looking
>a how-to or even docs on the website but they are not exactely Sendmail
>type questions.
>am I right in thinking that I can configure sendmail so that it acts like
>SMTP server? KMail has an option to select Sendmail or an SMTP server so
>assume this is that case.
>Is the use of Sendmail a really daunting undertaking or can someone at
>get basic functionality up within a short space of time...
>Can I get a bit of a head count in terms of what people use as their mail
>proggy that then sends stuff to sendmail for sending... Basially since
>really sucks ;)
>Thanks to all.

Paul J. Schinder

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