[Mailman-Users] building a new mailman server

Mark Sapiro mark at msapiro.net
Wed Mar 26 23:33:27 CET 2014

On 03/26/2014 02:19 PM, Bruce Harrison wrote:
> We are currently running an old mailman instance and am planning to bring up the newest version of mailman and migrate to it.  Current system uses sendmail.  Since I now have a chance to change things, what is the best mail server to run on my mailman box?  It will be talking to an exchange 2010 frontend server (current mailman system is doing that now).  I can install sendmail or go with postfix or ???
> This is running on a debian box.

Disclaimer: I am not an MTA expert. This is all personal opinion based
on possibly limited experience.

I would go with either Postfix or Exim. Both integrate well with
Mailman; <http://www.exim.org/howto/mailman21.html> and

I have used both in Mailman environments, but Exim only in a Mailman
development environment, Postfix both in development and on a production
server handling both Mailman and other mail.

My impression is that if you want to do esoteric things, it's easier (at
least for a coder like me) with Exim's routers and transports than with
Postfix, but I've always been able to accomplish whatever I've wanted
with Postfix.

I have little experience with sendmail, and while it is possible to
hijack Mailman's Postfix integration to use with sendmail, on the whole
it seems 'clunkier' to configure, and I see no reason to chose sendmail
over Postfix.

I'd be inclined to chose Postfix over Exim simply because Postfix is
more popular, and new things (e.g. Mailman 3) tend to be implemented
first for Postfix.

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