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From: Wietse Venema (wietseporcupine.org)
Date: Wed Mar 11 2009 - 19:01:23 CDT
> On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 04:40:26PM -0500, KLaM Postmaster wrote:
> > I am thinking of switching to Ubuntu 8.10 LTS server, however when I
> > look at the Postfix configuration it seems somewhat odd.
> > I don't want to start a flame war, but I would like to hear what people
> > think about things like "dynamicmaps" and other oddities of the Ubuntu
> > Postfix configuration.
> This has been a Debian feature for a long time, a perfectly fine idea
> to separate table drivers from Postfix, so that a single base Postfix
> package can be shipped, and table support is provided shared libraries
> available for people who need said tables.
> Ubuntu is a Debian derivative, and it is not surprising to see this
> reflected in how they package Postfix.
> On the whole, I've not heard of LaMont Jones adding anything particularly
> to Postfix. The reasons some of the these changes are not in the official
> distribution is that is difficult to support these for all platforms...
I have several generations of LaMont's patches.
I have no problem with dynamically-linked maps (though it further
complicates chrooted operation). The problem is that it requires
that Postfix's own libraries are also dynamically linked (libutil,
libglobal, and likely more).
I have no time to convert and test all supported platforms for
dynamically linked Postfix libraries, I have no time to maintain
build procedures for static and for dynamic linking as it doubles
the number of tests that need to be done, I do not want to drop
supported platforms, and I do not want to make Postfix dependent
on libtool and autobloat.