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Josh-D. S. Davis

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Also tired of..
Josh 201604 KWP
I'm also tired of Debian.

I mean, mail works for 2 weeks, and then just stops.

I get errors all the time.

There's not a default, working config for anything other than simple, basic mail. If you want SSL, that's all sorts of custom shit that is unmaintainable through upgrades.

Same for spam and virus scanning.

I'm tired of shit not working. Always. This is aged, antiquated technology. There is no valid reason for it to be complicated and require constant maintenance just to operate. I'm not even talking about adding new features. I'm talking about just normal, daily operations.

Even if it is my config, or whatever, I can't just uninstall and reinstall. You can't uninstall the MTA on Debian. And then, there's all these stray config files that will be left around, even after --purge.

There's no easy solution though. It's no easier anywhere.

I'm just tired of wasting time on this.

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You're right, it's not supposed to just stop working. There's definitely something seriously wrong there. It should not require any maintenance or next to none, once it's set up properly.

I have been running a mailserver for my own webhosting business for over 4 years now and the only real maintenance I've done was to switch the spam filtering software or to prune the mailspool when I was getting hammered with spam.

If it's any consolation, you are right, it's no easier anywhere. Exchange might look enticing on the inside but it's hellish underneath all that polished and shiny surface. You can freely substitute the word 'Exchange' for any MTA :)

Well, the spam assassin stuff has never worked to my satisfaction. Bayesian and greylisting haven't been made to work. ETCH broke clamav and I've had real trouble ever since.

I've done a remove --purge --force-deps and reinstall. *sigh* Having trouble getting inbound mail to work at all.

ok. I figured it out.

I added an additional port to rc.nat.
-m multiport only allows something like 10 ports on one line.

So, my firewall wasn't openned up yesterday when I brought "the internet" back online.

so now, I have it all working, but since I clobberred it all, I still need to set up sa-exim.


It's always something little.

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