Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77005
RFE: Alternatives system for RPM packets
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:58:09 EDT
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Description of problem:
I want to use Postfix, I don't want to use Sendmail. Why can't I just install
Postfix and leave Sendmail uninstalled.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run RH 8.0 installation from CD.
2. Configure setup.
3. Select Postfix.
Actual Results: Sendmail installed per default.
Expected Results: No sendmail, if I only want Postfix.
This is because sendmail is in the base component for the installation. You may
be able to unselect sendmail in the individual package selection screens.
Why Sendmail is a base component?
It's in the base component because it's generally a good idea to allow the
machine to send mail. We had to choose something as the default, and because
postfix was only recently added to Red Hat Linux we chose sendmail to be the
Again, you should be able to unselect sendmail in the individual package
OK. I hope Postfix will be the default someday. Personaly I don't even bother to
learn how to use Sendmail. I find Postfix much easier to use.
So you don't have option in your configuration system which says:
- System must have mail transport agent
- Postfix provides mta
- Sendmail provides mta
Choose what you want, but make sure there is mta. You know, this is kind of
Debian way of thinking, I think.
We already do that. Both sendmail and postfix Provide: smtpdaemon.
Also, adding an option to the install to select which daemon you want for every
installation is probably not going to happen since we are actually trying to
Like I said before, you can unselect sendmail in the individual package selection.
OK, sorry. I will not reopen this bug again. Still, I feel that Postfix is
simple to use for beginners as well as professionals. I hope that Postfix and
Sendmail could switch places as Red Hat's installation defaults in future.
Yes, I know that I can unselect sendmail in individual package selection, but
how many of new users want to mess around with it. Installing Red Hat Linux is
already scary enough experience. (Well, don't worry, it's getting less scary
with each new major release, if you keep up the good work.)
You are correct, it's probably no the time yet. Thanks for being forbearing
towards me and thanks for your time.
P.S. GUI for Postfix configuration could be overkill, it's quite simple even
without it. On the other hand would it hurt anyone... I don't know.