Python vs C for a mail server

Jim Segrave jes at
Sun Jan 29 15:06:03 EST 2006

In article <mailman.1189.1138521011.27775.python-list at>,
Dan Lowe  <dan at> wrote:
>On Jan 28, 2006, at 8:39 PM, Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
>> On Sat, 28 Jan 2006 18:03:56 +1100, Steven D'Aprano said:
>>> Google is your friend. The first four mail servers listed are, in  
>>> order:
>>> sendmail
>>> postfix
>>> Microsoft Exchange
>>> qmail
>> 	Dig a bit deeper, and exim might be a candidate for the list. I'm
>> pretty sure O'Reilly has books for sendmail, postfix, and exim; don't
>> know about qmail.
>O'Reilly does have an Exim book, but it is out of date. It covers the  
>3.x family, while 4.x has been out for quite a while now. The 4.x  
>family is very different from 3.x, so the book isn't worth a whole  
>lot these days.
>I'm on my second major mail system deployment built around Exim, and  
>would recommend it to anybody needing a robust, flexible mail server.

There is an exim 4 book out, but not via O'Reilly - I gather sales
were insufficient to persuade O'Reilly to do an update. As we use Exim
heavily, we have both the 3 and 4 books in our NOC, as well as sending
almost all new staff to Phil Hazel's excellent courses in Cambridge.

Jim Segrave           (jes at

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