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Re: Quasi-operational re. Exim

  • From: Matthew Zito
  • Date: Fri Feb 02 18:54:56 2001

On Wed, 31 Jan 2001, Steve Sobol wrote:
> In light of the recent thread about a carrier-class mail server, and
> since I don't have the
> address of the mailing list mentioned there, I was wondering how people
> felt about Exim.
> I apologize in advance to those NANOG readers who are going to yell at
> me about
> operational content, but I couldn't come up with a better mailing list
> to send this to.
> I've installed Exim. I like what I've seen so far. Robust, lots of
> features... and I was
> mightily impressed when my out-of-the-box RPM installation passed all of
> spam relay tests.
> So... Can Exim handle large queues, and delivery to tens of thousands of
> mailboxes?
> (I'm not at the point where I'd need that kind of scalability yet, but I
> don't want to have
> to switch mail servers any time soon.)

I think exim is great - logical design, really full-featured, and very very 
fast.  I've used it at a number of my jobs, and never had any significant 
problems with it.  I'm actually very disappointed that more people aren't 
familiar with it.

I've used it in multi-thousand message queues, receiving hundreds of 
thousands of messages a day.  Plus, it's real easy to set up a clustered 
configuration using maildir, etc. With a good config, a load balancer, and 
nas storage, you could run a pile of smtp servers off of one centralized 


Matthew J. Zito
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