Mike Chambers wrote:
Was thinking and wondering, if it would be good to have configuration
wizards for services that you want to configure (such as email server
(sendmail/postfix), http, and so on) that would ask basic questions and
would go certain directions (or just one way) depending on how much you
These are the 'wizard' type tools currently available in Fedora 9.
# yum install system-config-<whatever>
You will notice that httpd is there, along with bind, nfs, samba, and
There is no wizard, currently, for sendmail. However, editing the
/etc/mail/sendmail.mc file, and generating a good sendmail.cf with make,
is almost trivial.
The various, many, and often obfuscated, options for postfix
configurations could, at present, never be managed in a GUI.
I would state, without any desire to condescend or berate new users,
that sendmail and postfix are not tools for users, but are considered
Just as my 83 year old dad would never consider setting up a windows
domain server and a windows exchange server, nor should he ever consider
setting up a sendmail or postfix server by himself.
The fact that it can be done without monetary cost, does not mean that
it should be attempted.
An open email relay is almost always the result of uneducated tampering,
and constitutes a clear and present danger to all who use the Internet.
For these, and other more well reasoned reasons, you may never see the
types of tools a new user would need to set up an email server.
As email server software is improved upon, and if there is ever such a
thing as a good way to meet most demands, then we may see such tools.
It is frustrating, and I share that frustration with the lack of useful
tools for those things that I am unfamiliar with. Lack of
documentation, however, is the worst of sins in IT, and fortunately
there is no lack of documentation for configuring sendmail and postfix.
Spend the time and make of yourself an expert. It can be rewarding, and
it may be necessary to accomplish what you want.
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