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Re: [Xen-users] mail server on a xen guest?

To: Peter Peltonen <peter.peltonen@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [Xen-users] mail server on a xen guest?
From: Steve Wray <steve.wray@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2008 14:36:38 +1200
Cc: Xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel@xxxxxxxxx>
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Peter Peltonen wrote:
Hi all and thanks for your replies,

On Mon, Jul 7, 2008 at 7:36 PM, Nico Kadel-Garcia <nkadel@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Peter Peltonen wrote:
I'm building a new qmail based mail server. I now have a quad-core

*WHY*??? Qmail has many cool technical features, but it's licensing has been
extremely burdensome, as has its packaging. Mr. Bernstein has relented and
placed his work in the public domain, but it languished for years for that
reason. Debugging it in any environment without your own sophisticated
sys-geek to work around Mr. Bernstein's policies is.... awkward.

Because qmail works well for me (it's been very reliable) and I know
how to administrate it. And there are nice communities around that
provide tools/SRPMs for installing/upgrading it easily, for example

Just be sure that you keep track of all of the 3rd party patches that you have to apply to qmail to turn it into a modern MTA.

You may also want to do your own regression testing of these patches against one another because its unlikely that anyone else has done such regression testing.

Dan has, IIRC, made the licensing less restrictive but that doesn't change the fact that the model that qmail operates on by default is not terribly modern. Eg; 'all mail must be either delivered or bounced' does not work any more. Sad but true.

When I started work in my current job we had a qmail server. At first I thought that it was a perfectly good MTA. I changed my opinion very sharply after working with it for a few months. After attempting to upgrade it and discovering that it had several 3rd party patches applied and that noone knew exactly *what* had been applied it was pretty well unmaintainable. Now using exim...

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