[Mailman-Users] MTAs

John W. Baxter jwblist at olympus.net
Sat Mar 26 01:02:26 CET 2005

On 3/25/2005 14:14, "Brad Knowles" <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org> wrote:

>>  Debian woody notwithstanding, no one should be installing and running Exim 3
>>  these days.  There is essentially no one readily available (eg, on the
>>  exim-users mailing list) who remembers much about it.
> Think someone who already has Exim 3 on their legacy machine, and
> wants to upgrade Mailman but not anything else.  You'd be surprised
> how many people out there are in this position.

Very likely, they can't, taking that problem statement literally.  Because
very likely, they have an ancient Python as well, and Mailman won't run with

And I have no way to help them.  I could probably manage to configure the
old Exim to work with the new Mailman, but I have no interest in doing so.

On the other hand, the Python adjustment (if one is careful on an ancient
RedHat installation, where much breaks if one removes Python 1.5.2, or
points the name python at anything newer) is easier than the Exim upgrade,
since there is a large canyon between Exim 3 and Exim 4.

It may very well be best to try switching such a setup to Postfix (where I
also can't help), if one has a Postfix guru available.  That should be about
the same magnitude of change as Exim 3 to Exim 4.


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