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Re: [vox-tech] MTA
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Re: [vox-tech] MTA

On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 02:18:24PM -0700, Nick Schmalenberger wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 08:43:28AM -0500, Chanoch (Ken) Bloom wrote:
> > On Thu, 2010-04-29 at 01:04 -0700, Richard Harke wrote:
> > > Not the MTA Charlie got stuck on. I'm running Debian and every recent
> > > (and maybe not so recent) install has installed exim4 as a Mail Transfer
> > > Agent. But is not clear that this is doing anything for me. I normally do email
> > > through my ISP or in some cases through gmail. When I take my laptop
> > > out for coffee, it takes a really long time to decide to skip the MTA startup
> > > because it doesn't have internet access. Is there any reason I can't or shouldn't
> > > disable it?
> > 
> > AFAICT, nothing important *depends* on an MTA, but several potentially
> > important pieces of software recommend it, including at and cron which
> > use it to notify of the output of their jobs.
> > 
> > The best thing to do is probably to install a lightweight non-daemon
> > mailer like esmtp-run so that programs that need it can still have
> > access to a sendmail command.
> >
> Yes, exactly. I really like ssmtp for this, and its also
> available in debian with Provides: mail-transport-agent so it
> fills the requirement of other packages that need to send mail.
> Nick Schmalenberger

While configuring exim is not a trivial task, the debian configuration
scripts work well, and automate much of the process (all of it for basic
many configurations). Run the following as root.

dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config

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