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Authored by: SeanAhern on Mar 08, '07 07:14:26AM

Would you be willing to go into the differences between postfix and exim? You mention liking exim better, and go into how to install and configure it, but I don't see why one would choose one over the other.

I'm currently using postfix, and have an issue or two with it, but don't want to spend the time moving to another MTA unless there are compelling reasons to do so.



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Authored by: vdanen on Mar 08, '07 09:22:56PM

To be honest, it's mostly because I'm used to it. I've never really used postfix, and back when Mandriva started using it as the default instead of sendmail, I was using qmail... =) So I never really got into postfix and then when qmail was showing it's age and I had looked (briefly) at postfix, I didn't like the setup. Exim was a completely different beast and the way it does things not only makes it one of the most powerful MTAs out there, but also the most customizable (and I love fiddling). Since I've been using Exim for a few years now, I'd never switch from it. But how does it compare to postfix? Not sure... it's almost something you need to figure on your own.

Postfix vs sendmail vs qmail vs exim is almost as religious as emacs vs vi. =)

Put it this way: postfix, which comes with OS X, is more than sufficient to do what mutt needs it to do: relay mail to a smarthost. Exim just adds a bit more geek to it and (I think) more flexibility/power... but that's only if you want to get fancy. Having to use postfix has been bothering me for quite a while so when I wrote the article I decided to setup exim instead.



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