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#1 2021-11-16 12:47:25

Altoid
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[SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Hello:

Given the issues I have encountered with the default MTA for Debian/Devuan and the insight gained from them, I have concluded that having it installed is overkill.

It (potentially) provides much more than what I need for my system, both in features and grief.

As a result I was wondering about an alternative application that will do only what I need and while looking for an alternative I found an MTA called Dragonfly Mail Agent (DMA) which would seem to simple enough while having the features I need.

ie: only local MUA mail generated by applications and (eventually, not for the moment) remote delivery. 

The DragonFly Mail Agent is a small Mail Transport Agent (MTA), designed for home and office use. It accepts e-mail messages from locally installed Mail User Agents (MUA) and delivers the messages either locally or to a remote destination.

Remote delivery includes several features like TLS/SSL support and SMTP authentication, but not MX record lookups. Therefore, dma is currently not suitable for direct remote delivery.

However, it works very well for handling local mail plus secure mail submission to a remote smarthost (e.g. for travelling mobile computers).

Anyone here using DMA on their Devuan system?

Thanks in advance.

Best,

A.

Last edited by Altoid (2021-11-16 12:48:50)

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#2 2021-11-16 18:37:03

steve_v
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Altoid wrote:

Anyone here using DMA on their Devuan system?

Yes.

Last edited by steve_v (2021-11-16 18:37:16)


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#3 2021-11-16 19:10:49

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Hello:

steve_v wrote:
Altoid wrote:

Anyone here using DMA ...

Yes.

Right.

What version?
The one in the Beowulf repository?
ie: 0.11-1+deb10u1

Thanks for your input.

A.

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#4 2021-11-17 04:11:04

steve_v
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Altoid wrote:

0.11-1+deb10u1

Yes.

FWIW, https://wiki.debian.org/Debate/DefaultMTA/DMA

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#5 2021-11-17 04:23:25

MiyoLinux
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

I've been eyeballing that package also.


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#6 2021-11-17 10:38:56

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Hello:

steve_v wrote:

Yes.

Right.

Yes, I saw it.
But it is eight years old and makes me wonder why it is not the default for Devuan.

Based on this following features should be sufficient to fullfil these necessities:
    local delivery
    forwarding to a smarthost
    defering if immediate delivery is not possible

I do read my local mail and use coolmail to get notification warnings on screen.
Everyone else should also read their local mail.

Thanks for your input.

A.

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#7 2021-11-17 10:47:12

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Hello:

MiyoLinux wrote:

... been eyeballing that package ...

I've just installed it.
Straightforward, easily configured from the start and works right out of the box.
From what I have seen/tested, works exactly as intended.

The maintainer keeps a clear head:

https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugrepo … g=712137#8

Unless you are running some serious email stuff in your box, I'd say it is a great option.
Don't think you'll have unpleasant surprises like I had with Exim4.  8^|

https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=4379
https://dev1galaxy.org/viewtopic.php?id=4672

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Edit:
Besides needing to be in the mail group, you will also need to install the mailutils package.
Otherwise doing mail at the command line will not work.

Don't know why, I would have thought it to be a dependency.
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Best,

A.

Last edited by Altoid (2021-11-17 15:34:00)

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#8 2021-11-17 16:00:58

MiyoLinux
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Thank you very much Altoid!


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#9 2021-11-17 16:27:46

Altoid
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Re: [SOLVED] Alternative/simpler MTA for Devuan

Hello:

MiyoLinux wrote:

Thank you very much ...

You're welcome.

I'm of the opinion that every Linux installation should have a simple and efficient MTA such as the dma package installed by default.

See: https://wiki.debian.org/Debate/DefaultMTA
Otherwise, just how do you get important system notifications sent by applications such as cron?

If you are the type of user that needs something more complex, then you will know that you have to install something with higher capabilitites such as Exim4 and proceed in consequence.

Of course and as always, YMMV.

Best,

A.

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