"That which is overdesigned, too highly specific, anticipates outcome; the anticipation of outcome guarantees, if not failure, the absence of grace."
-- William Gibson, All Tomorrow's Parties
Mail

Why is mail such a pain in the ass?

MTA, MDA, MUA.

SMTP. POP. IMAP.

So many pieces for something that is actually relatively simple. And the problem is that the pieces themselves are actually relatively well designed. (In the case of say, Postfix, exceedingly well-designed.)

But taken as a whole, it suddenly becomes something that requires a flowchart with various colors denoting things.

And that doesn't even get us to the point where we're talking about being able to authenticate users sixteen different ways bi-directionally or relaying mail between machines or talking about backups or anything remotely interesting.

For something so simple, it sure does get complex quickly.

That said, it took roughly an hour to get IMAP-SSL running on the new company mailserver today. That includes compiling. And spending a half hour not working on it. So.

Easy. But it still seems way too involved for some reason.

Anyway.

July 1, 2004 1:57 AM
Comments

http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-security/2003-July/000517.html

I. Hate. SMTP-SASL-TLS.

So. Very. Much.

Just wasted three hours because of that.

Posted by: bda at July 1, 2004 5:25 PM

Would you like to replace my decrepit qmail with some snazzy new postfix? WE'RE FRIENDS RIGHT? Friends don't let friends run qmail.

Posted by: Pre at July 6, 2004 3:50 PM

If you supply the chickens and the doom.

Posted by: bda at July 8, 2004 9:08 PM
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