Possible to replace EXIM with any other MTA ?

furquan

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Hello all,

I know EXIM is the mta that cPanel provides, But what i need to know is, Can we in any way replace EXIM
with any other MTA of our choice ..????

Please share your thoughts !!!!
 

furquan

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Thank you for the update Michael,

The reason i had asked this question, was coz some one told me that it is possible to replace exim with any other MTA while
we begin the installation of cPanel !!!!
 

cPanelMichael

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The reason i had asked this question, was coz some one told me that it is possible to replace exim with any other MTA while
we begin the installation of cPanel !!!!
Exim is the only MTA available with cPanel, however you can choose between Dovecot and Courier as your mail server. After cPanel is installed, you can browse to the following location if you want to change your mail server:

"WHM >> Service Configuration >> Mailserver Selection"

Dovecot is selected by default on new installations due to it's ability to handle resources better.

Thank you.
 

furquan

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Yup :) i am aware of that .

One last question,

Is there no one who has replaced EXIM with any other MTA ? OR is it not possible ET ALL to do this ?
 

cPanelTristan

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sendmail does work but in conjuction with exim, since we have sendmail being used with PHP mail() function. sendmail actually gets automatically reinstalled if you try to remove it on a cPanel machine. We don't support sendmail MTA directly, but we do support using sendmail.

Now, what reason are you wanting another MTA besides the existing exim and sendmail options available with cPanel? If you were considering qmail, please keep in mind that qmail is arcane and old with a high series of patches. The qmail creator no longer provides support for it.

There's a great discussion of the various MTAs at this location:

MTA Comparison - Granizada

In almost every instance, exim is the preferred choice. It is the easiest to configure and setup with a large contributor and user base. It is what we provide and have found after many years to function reliably.
 

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As I explained, qmail is not likely to be available in cPanel due to the fact that it is no longer updated by the creator of the product who doesn't allow anyone else to continue development on it. The feature request area would be the appropriate one to ask for qmail support:

http://go.cpanel.net/iwant