At 11:28 AM -0500 2/5/1997, Web Servant wrote:
>We are getting ready to set up an email server to handle our mailing
>lists. It will be running FreeBSD. My question is: which mail software
>should we use? I have heard/read sendmail is not quite as efficient on
>large queues as it could be? Is there something better?
>We will be using majordomo still for the list management.
Majordomo has built-in tools to split up each outgoing message
into relatively optimal size chunks for handing off to sendmail --
not so many messages that sendmail gets buried, but enough recipients
per copy of the outgoing message that you see some really significant
Yes, there are people out there with extremely vocal opinions
about other MTAs being better (most of them favouring the one they
themselves wrote), and under very carefully controlled lab
experiments, that might be true. However, I have not seen any
convincing arguments from anyone that indicate that the recent
releases of version 8 sendmail are not the best general-purpose SMTP
There are specific applications where alternatives might be
better (the LSMTP + Listserv combo for really huge lists, for
example), but as a general-purpose MTA, sendmail simply has no
equals, and no serious challengers (IMO).
Brad Knowles, MIME/PGP: email@example.com
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