I don't disagree with any of your points :)
I use FreeBSD, I don't know why anyone would run Linux for any real server load - I'M JUST KIDDING! :))

Have you taken a look at Matt Simerson's toaster script? It's targeted at FreeBSD, but I'm fairly confident the instructions are OSX friendly. At least in the past they were.



Quoting Kurt Bigler <k...@breathsense.com>:


I would consider running QMT in a VM, but would rather avoid a VM.  I've
never touched CentOS.  My "distro" of choice still would be Mac-native.  I
suppose I would try building from sources and see what happens.  I really
don't want my *entire* server in a VM (just qmail+vpopmail if really
necessary) and also really don't want multiple IP's, and suspect sharing a
single IP with host and mail VM would be problematic.  I already have native
Apache, SQL, PHP, etc. and figure it is a good thing to leave it that way if
I want to "try" Mac for whatever it may be worth.

But if the whole idea doesn't work maybe I will just install some linux on
my Mac mini.  But in that case I suppose I could put the whole thing in a
linux VM under MacOSX and run SoftRAID in the Mac host.  It is just not
stuff I'd thought through since I naively didn't expect Mac to be such a
problem.  If it really is such a problem, then I guess the "why Mac"
questions may be sensible.  It just surprises me.


On 8/2/12 8:13 PM, "Eric Shubert" <e...@shubes.net> wrote:

I wonder too, why OSX? The only thing I can think of is perhaps you have
an older MacMini laying around that you'd like to use. That's certainly
usable for something such as this, but I wouldn't recommend running a
server w/out some sort of raid (I prefer the SW variety).

Disclaimer: I've recently taken charge of the QMail-Toaster.com project,
so I'm a bit biased. ;)

If you're really bent on OSX, you could run a QMT mail server as a VM
under whichever virtualization platform you prefer. Migrating your
existing setup to QMT should be fairly easy, depending on your vpopmail
settings. QMT has a slew of qmail patches applied, and I'm presently
upgrading vpopmail to 5.4.33 (long awaited), which will bring all of the
QMT packages current with upstream releases. There is a large community
behind QMT, so you won't need to look far for helpful support.

QMT is presently only available on CentOS/RHEL, so that might be a
drawback to you. If you're familiar with packaging though, you might
want to roll your own for whatever distro you choose. We hope to have
the sources available on GitHub by the end of the year, and will be
using OBS to build the packages.

You're welcome to join us in our endeavors.


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