[Trilug-ontopic] Postfix vs Sendmail

bak bak at picklefactory.org
Sun Jul 5 21:38:19 EDT 2009

For high-volume sites that act as relays/forwarders rather than having
an MDA, use qmail. It has a spotless security track record and is fast
as hell.

For ease of use, standards compliance, and just plain sanity, use
Postfix. The only downside I've heard of (not experienced firsthand) was
its tendency to block on a single thread for very high volume
applications. If you need POP or IMAP, use dovecot, easily the best and
most configurable delivery server. If someone suggests that you should
use Courier, stomp on his foot and run away.

If you'd like to gradually go insane while falling asleep with the Bat
Book spread across your face, or if you have a perverse enjoyment of the
m4 macro language, use sendmail.


David Brain wrote:
> Hi,
> It would depend somewhat on what the implementation is for (e.g.
> personal server, enterprise mail server etc.) but I've gone with
> Postfix for almost every mail server I've installed revcently.  In
> fact the last time I actually installed/maintained sendmail was
> probably >5 years ago now, and that was for a personal box.
> Postfix is well documented, reasonably easy to configure/maintain and
> has a good security track record.  The last install I did was for a
> fairly complex MailMan installation.  I'd be interested to hear of any
> reasons for going with Sendmail - the only thing I've not done with
> Postfix is very high volume sites.
> David
> On Sun, Jul 5, 2009 at 8:25 PM, Ivan Panarusky<panaruskyi at gmail.com> wrote:
>> In the coming days/weeks, I'm going to build a mail server. Why? Because I
>> want to build a mail server. Now the question is what mail transfer agent to
>> use. I was reading a bunch of articles and mailing lists, and they all seem
>> to lean to postfix. Any opinions from the professionals?
>> -Ivan
>> --
>> Wake up and smell the ashes.
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