MailScanner on a Postfix Mailgate

Scott Silva ssilva at
Thu Sep 25 16:12:11 IST 2008

on 9-25-2008 1:56 AM Jay Chandler spake the following:
> Howdy, folks; been a while since I've posted here.
> For those who may or may not recall, I used to administer MailScanner 
> (among other things) for $WeTeachYuppies.  I moved on to corporate life 
> about a year ago, and have been doing all right with mail filtering via 
> DNS up until now.
> My issue is that MailScanner at the old job (as well as MailScanner at 
> home) run on FreeBSD, which is relatively straightforward.  Running it 
> on CentOS 5.2 (our platform of choice at work) seems to be a dependency 
> nightmare, with it being incredibly easy to stomp the MailScanner 
> installation into oblivion.
> Short of putting a gun to someone's head and demanding FreeBSD 
> mailgates, is there a good solution to this problem?  I can't be the 
> first person to say "Wait a second, this is nightmarish" about the 
> upkeep of MS under Linux; I've been running my home install with minimal 
> maintenance under FreeBSD for two years, yet I can't seem to keep a 
> system together under Linux for more than one patch cycle without 
> something important dying...
It can be as easy as this;
Just don't run the yum updates automatically. Subscribe to the announce list 
and run updates at quiet times.

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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