[rescue] Corrupted list messages
jp at celestrion.net
Thu Sep 30 14:41:48 CDT 2021
On Thu, 30 Sep 2021, Liam Proven wrote:
> You did note that the "5min a month" line was from Jonathan, not me, right?
> I don't accept it, TBH.
In all honesty, it's probably less. I added an email alias today, and
it'd been two months since even doing that much.
I run updates once in a while, which rarely takes more than a minute.
The TLS certs auto-renew every 60 days or so. The FreeBSD jail running
mail for me doesn't allow any extenal (non-VPN) connections other than
to the mail services. Backups stream over the VPN periodically,
eventually draining to tape when I remember to turn the library on.
Really, after front-loading all the maintenance, the services just run
themselves for months at a time. Once every few years, something in
Postfix changes that makes me edit a config file, or some new hotness in
antispam comes up that means I have to faff with some new sort of
cryptographic DNS record, but maintaining mail isn't anything I spend
any measurable amount of time on.
I've actually got a grim curiosity about how long everything would keep
on trucking if I fell over dead. My bet is that it'd be as least as
long as it'd take to run into auto-billing problems for the connectivity
My wish is that more people would do this; the effort is that minimal
compared to what it used to be, but I understand that most people don't
have the level of interest in it which makes the work fun. That the
work is onerous or sizeable is a myth which has served to centralize the
influence over what "mail" even means anymore. It's no longer the
"killer app" for IT services, but a commodity one rents from "the
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