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LinuxWorld: Sendmail comes of age

Aug 29, 2000, 20:07 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joshua Drake)

"Over the past several years, sendmail matured at an astounding rate. ... However, despite its long history of consistent open source support, one thing continued to haunt it: its difficult configuration. ... In 1997, Allman formed a commercial company called Sendmail intended to offer commercial upgrades, service, and support to ISPs and corporations. Three years later, Sendmail has proven to be a huge success. It has a full product line, including the Sendmail Multi Switch."

"The configuration of Sendmail Multi Switch is very simple. When you log into the Web-based management interface, it asks you a couple of questions in wizard-like fashion and creates an m4 configuration. The wizard asks whether you want to support Virtual Domains, LDAP-based routing, or TLS. It then asks for a name to save the m4 configuration under."

"After you save the m4 configuration, you have the option to deploy it. If you choose to do so, you are prompted to select a configuration to deploy. After selecting the correct configuration (usually the one you just created) and hitting OK, you are presented with the Set Deployment Options screen. This screen allows you to name the configuration file you wish to write to, decide whether to restart the sendmail daemon, set the daemon arguments (Do you want the queue to run every 5 minutes or every 2?), and decide whether to rebuild all the maps (aliases, user_tables, etc.)."

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