If you've not been following along, you might have missed it: it appears to
me that even today, in 2011, mail systems work much better when setup the
old way. Meaning with a local
MTA for outgoing mail. With some niceties,
sender dependent relayhost maps.
The previous article about
M-x mailq has raised several mails asking me
details about the
Postfix setup I'm talking about. The problem we're trying
to solve is having a local
MTA to send mails, so that any old-style Unix
tool just works, instead of only the
MUA you've spent time setting up.
Nowadays, most people would think that email is something simple, you just
setup your preferred client (that's called a
MUA) with some information such
smtp host you want it to talk to (that's call a
MTA and this one is
relayhost). Then there's all the receiving mails part, and that's
again on the server side. Then there's how to get those mail, read them,
flag them, manage them, and that's better served by
IMAP. Let's talk about
sending mails in
smtp for this entry.