MailScanner/Sendmail Gateway LDAP
peter at UCGBOOK.COM
Fri Jun 25 16:39:46 IST 2004
Trever Furnish wrote:
> I think the functionality would be useful to *most* sites - I would expect
> (based on absolutely nothing but my own daydreams) that most mailscanner
> installations are relays for existing servers, NOT final destinations for
> the mail they process.
> On a relay-only system that *only* handles inbound email, there should
> almost never be a reason for that system to handle a bounce or DSN. But if
> the relay doesn't know about valid users, then it has to accept the message.
> When it tries do deliver the message to the final destination server and
> that server refuses to accept it, then the mailscanner relay becomes
> responsible for generating and delivering the bounce. Just a minor
> Regarding the MAQ, maybe add a little description that contains the
> buzzwords people search for on this topic? Something like:
> Mail gateways (relay-only systems) are more effective
> when they can reject INVALID or UNKNOWN USERS at the MTA
> level instead of accepting the message. There are
> several ways to make an MTA aware of INVALID USERS.
> One approach is to use LDAP. Here are some examples:
I hear you but you're now promoting a concept, not answering a question
and that's what the MAQ is for. We should only push good practice if it
avoids bad practice and lowers the number of questions asked on the list
and I don't think pushing people to implement this rather advanced
concept would do that, probably just the contrary. If it was up to me I
would have removed this entry from the MAQ since it's already described
in the FAQ.
IMHO the MAQ should be about getting a *basic* MailScanner working
correctly, everything beyond that will confuse beginners.
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