[sf-lug] how to read root's email?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Dec 30 19:12:37 PST 2008

Quoting Alison Chaiken (alchaiken at gmail.com):

> Thanks to Rick and Jim for their responses.     It sounds like what I
> should do is run a nullmailer as a cron task.    That should minimize
> administrative overhead (no sendmail.cf munging!) and potential
> security problems with sendmail.      I'll RTFM on that topic.

I don't personally have any experience with the various nullmailers; I
just accumulate Web information on such things.

I do notice that most (all?) of them don't seem to do SMTP-TLS (SSL) on
the outbound connections, but I suppose there are ways to SSL-wrap the
thing (he says, vaguely hand-waving).

If it starts getting frustrating, consider a simple Exim4 setup.  It's 
a full-blown MTA, but rather more on the friendly side than is

(We say "Exim4" to distinguish the current 4.0 series, which was a major
rewrite, from the now-defunct 3.x series of yesteryear.)

Yr. welcome.  It's the least I can do after noticing your write-ups
about recommended bike rides on the Peninsula, some of which are on my
to-try list.

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