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Re: Compiling Sendmail With Cygwin?
- To: Jason Bucata <Jason dot Bucata at sabre dot com>, cygwin at sourceware dot cygnus dot com
- Subject: Re: Compiling Sendmail With Cygwin?
- From: Earnie Boyd <earnie_boyd at yahoo dot com>
- Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1999 06:02:20 -0700 (PDT)
- Reply-To: earnie_boyd at yahoo dot com
Cygwin is a wonderful environment to use for porting the typical UNIX code.
Why not just give it a simple try? You may be surprised at how easy it can be.
As for sendmail itself I've never built it from source so I can't confirm or
deny how easy this could be.
The headache is undoubtedly going to be the never ending "text mode" vs "binary
--- Jason Bucata <Jason.Bucata@sabre.com> wrote:
> My team is looking into replacing an E-mail system that we have set up on
> some dedicated NT machines. Being the Unix fan in the bunch, I've suggested
> using Sendmail.
> There's no practical possibility of replacing NT with Unix here (though I'd
> certainly love that), so if we're going to use Sendmail then we'll have to
> either go with the commercial version or port the source ourselves. I like
> the ability to make custom changes, and the price is nice, so porting the
> source is higher on my list.
> So my question is: How painful is it to compile Sendmail with Cygwin? I've
> seen a port of an old, old version (dating back to '94 perhaps?) on the 'Net
> that was compiled using Cygwin... so I know it's theoretically possible. I
> just want to know how much effort it would be, so I can gauge whether we
> should try this route or just go with the commercial package--or another
> (NT-based) package altogether.
> Being the Unix guy, *I'd* be the one given the job of making the port
> happen, most likely. I'm at least passingly familiar with programming both
> Unix and Win32 at the C/system call level, though I've done precious little
> hands-on work at that level (my team does mostly Visual Basic and such).
> I'm not easily daunted, though (as you probably surmised by my even
> *thinking* about this :).)
> The biggest thing I see as a problem is that Cygwin doesn't implement
> (get|set)uid. I'm not worried about security, as everything that runs on
> these boxen run as administrator anyway.
> Another possibility I've looked at is Exim, though I think there are more
> Sendmail-experienced admins within the company as a whole, so Sendmail would
> make more sense in that regard. Any thoughts?
> Jason B.
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