Favorite DNS?

Hans Fugal hans at fugal.net
Mon Jul 30 08:11:41 MDT 2007


On Sun, 29 Jul 2007 at 11:36 -0600, Andy Bradford wrote:
> Thus said Michael L Torrie on Sat, 28 Jul 2007 11:04:34 MDT:
> 
> > > Would you  expect sendmail replacements (qmail,  postfix, etc...) to
> > > be able to understand sendmail.cf? :-)
> >
> > That's a fallacious comparison when it comes right down to it.
> 
> How so?  You are claiming  that for djbdns to  be a BIND  replacement it
> must read BIND zone files. How  is that different from claiming that for
> something  to be  a sendmail  replacement (the  most common  MTA on  the
> Internet) that it must understand sendmail.cf?

There is a difference. Nobody cares about the sendmail config files, in
fact everyone despises them. But all those sendmail replacements do all
the necessary things to drop in where sendmail was (with their own
config files), like /etc/aliases, the wacky sendmail binary with it's
myriad bizarre switches, etc. They emulate sendmail in the ways that
matter. Postfix (can) uses its own little db format that makes things
faster, but retains compatibility with the /etc/aliases format (perhaps
you need to run postmap on it, by way of the newaliases command, but
iirc sendmail had a similar setup). If it
didn't we'd rightfully call it lunacy.

-- 
Hans Fugal ; http://hans.fugal.net
 
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right keys at the right time and the instrument plays itself.
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