[lsb-discuss] Inclusion of sendmail and patch
dank at kegel.com
Wed Feb 5 09:24:31 PST 2003
Lee W wrote:
> After reading Matts post I am a little clearer as to why its included. From
> my experience with other distros I know that a lot of them have scripts that
> depend on having sendmail-like program installed, which I can see could be
> enough of a reason to make it part of the standard.
> However as I said before, regardless of this fact as I understand it the
> majority of sendlike-programs (excluding the orignal sendmail) are required
> to run daemon processes (I have looked into postfix, qmail & exim and
> believe this is how them run) in order to deliver mail.
To make all programs happy, your sendmail replacement probably
has to do the following:
* let you send mail by running the program /usr/lib/sendmail
* let you send mail by connecting to localhost smtp port.
This means you need a daemon of some sort.
Not sure if LSB requires this, but some programs do expect it.
* reliably send mail even if the smarthost is down. This
means you either need a daemon or a crontab job to send
queued messages. (Sendmail uses a crontab job.)
You seem to have some fear of daemons. Don't. Normal desktop
machines have lots of 'em. They're your friends.
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