Home file server - looking for ULTRA BASIC mail agent

Serge van Ginderachter serge at vanginderachter.be
Wed Jan 14 08:12:20 UTC 2009

The most basic solution for simple mail relay would  be, imho, 'nullmailer'. More simple in configuration than ssmtp.
Sometimes nullmailer doesn't cut it for me (e.g. when I want to forward root mail to different recipients), and then I fall back to postfix.

But if you just need some simple MTA which just forwards locally generated mail reports (typically by cron), nullmailer is really the most simple.
Be sure to read all the different man pages, though.


 Serge van Ginderachter          http://www.vanginderachter.be/ 

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----- "Greg Michalski" <ubuntulists at distinctperspectives.com> wrote:

> From: "Greg Michalski" <ubuntulists at distinctperspectives.com>
> To: "Ubuntu Server List" <ubuntu-server at lists.ubuntu.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, 13 January, 2009 21:29:59 GMT +01:00 Amsterdam / Berlin / Bern / Rome / Stockholm / Vienna
> Subject: Home file server - looking for ULTRA BASIC mail agent
> I'm running 8.10 server as a home file and print server.  I'm looking
> for
> the most basic of mail transfer agents capable of handling the sending
> of
> routine reports and status information scheduled through cron via
> email to
> an account on my ISP and don't want or need a full fledged, resource
> hogging
> mail server.  Therefore during install I only selected Print server,
> Samba
> File server and OpenSSH server (for headless administration).  Now I'd
> like
> to have the ability to have remote knowledge of some system stats when
> I'm
> not around to SSH in and check on things myself.  I don't need to
> receive
> any emails on the server - only send things out.
> Browsing through the Ubuntu packages list, sSMTP looks like a good
> solution.
> Does anyone have experience with it and am I right in my
> interpretation of
> the description here : http://www.linux.com/feature/132006 in reading
> that
> it meets my needs stated above?  It reads like it's very easy to setup
> and
> in effect I only have a single user.
> Any comments/suggestions/flaming appreciated. :)
> Greg
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