Courier-MTA: Some n00bie questions

TheOldFellow theoldfellow at
Wed Jan 30 22:35:03 PST 2008

On Thu, 31 Jan 2008 01:03:59 +0000
taipan <sysadm.taipan67 at> wrote:
> I think 'minimal configuration' must be a relative term where MTA's are 
> concerned - they _all_ seem to speak Klingon to my unschooled eye. Maybe 
> that will prove to be an advantage - i have no prior prejudice for or 
> against one or another at the moment...
> This little odyssey began with my looking at different mail clients & 
> progressed to discovering how poor my current service-provider's 
> security is. One of the many potential courses of action now is to run 
> my own servers (mail & web) using 'Dynamic DNS' & no longer being bound 
> to a specific provider.
> While i'm researching, i think my first decision must be to change to 
> another mail-provider, but this still leaves me with options regarding 
> which MDA to use. The fetchmail website appears to endorse maildrop over 
> procmail - this is what first got me thinking about using Courier rather 
> than Postfix as a full-blown MTA.
> I may post a similar query to this elsewhere online in the hope of 
> encountering someone with experience of Courier at least, if not others 
> as well for comparison, but because the feedback on these lists is 
> invariably so helpful, i'd appreciate hearing any further opinions from 
> the members here about full servers or just delivery-agents, as it will 
> all be of use to me.

Have a look at Xmail (, I have found it the easiest to
configure, but powerful enough.  It's got a loyal following, without
the big name status.


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