From: Christopher Chan (no email)
Date: Tue May 17 2005 - 10:41:47 EDT
> Where do I get these? I've bun hunting down postfix "packages" for a
> long time now and am getting a bit lost. I was hoping the aformentioned
> redhat .rpm would have done the trick, but I'm willing to do what it
> takes to get a good install.
>> Remove your current postfix installation via rpm. Install Redhat's
>> postfix. Run redhat-switch-mail and choose postfix. Stop postfix with
>> 'service postfix stop'. Then upgrade your postfix install with the 2.x
>> rpm you have.
>> Once you get your configuration right, you can run postfix with
>> 'service postfix start' and it should also start/stop automatically
>> when you bootup/shutdown. if you have already configured your postfix,
>> copy your main.cf file before you remove your current postfix
>> installation outlined in the steps above.
> Ok, great directions.
> Are these documented (and verified) anywhere else...and/or should I
> start another wiki on this?
Heh. redhat-switch-mail is probably documented on Redhat's manual for
> Are my installation challenges with postfix typical? Postfix seems so
> well documented for post-install things...but the cross-platform
> presentation seems to be lacking. Maybe I'm missing doc reference?
You are running Redhat. You need a init script for which I do not know
whether your rpm provides one or not. Does a /etc/init.d/postfix exist?
Otherwise, the steps I gave will bring your system to, er, a Redhat sane
configuration and allow you to upgrade your postfix binaries to postfix 2.x.
No point in documenting it. I'd prefer that you get yourself a free RHN
account and run 'up2date -u postfix redhat-switch-mail' to avoid having
to go download other dependencies. If you need to, they will be under
Also, 'up2date -u' is one way to get the, er, latest fixes, security
updates available for Redhat 9. Redhat 9 is no longer maintained for at
least if I remember correctly.
I take it that you will install postfix 2.x. If postfix 1.x will
suffice, you must get postfix rpm from here:
Better yet, run 'rpm --import /usr/share/rhn/RPM*' and then 'up2date -u
postfix redhat-switch-mail' and sign up and update your system and after
that 'up2date -u' if you wish to get the latest fixes for your Redhat 9
as of more than a year ago. The kernel can likewise be upgraded ...
2.4.20-31.9 is the latest for Redhat 9 ... 'up2date -if kernel' or
'up2date -if kernel-smp' if you have a SMP box.