Running a mail server via MacPorts on macOS Monterey

Marius Schamschula lists at
Fri Mar 4 22:37:48 UTC 2022

After running a full server using Debian Linux, then mkLinux, I ran core MacOS X as a server (with bits and pieces manually built).

The Apple made MacOS X Server available, but after version 10.6.x stated dumbing it down to the point where I gave up on it.

I used MacPorts for the web server functionality, but never for a mail server.

I’ve been running both my home server and work web server (before being moved to a virtual machine, it ran on an 2009 Mac Pro - I still use that machine for testing) under FreeBSD for many years.

I like the stability, zfs, and FreeBSD ports (although doing everything with Makefiles is not my thing). Both only run mail to forward system messages to me.

Marius Schamschula

> On Mar 4, 2022, at 4:12 PM, Bill Cole <macportsusers-20171215 at> wrote:
> On 2022-03-03 at 08:38:47 UTC-0500 (Thu, 3 Mar 2022 14:38:47 +0100)
> Gerben Wierda via macports-users <gerben.wierda at>
> is rumored to have said:
>> Apart from Steven Smith, are there other users here that run a mail server setup via MacPorts? And is already someone else running on Monterey?
> I have run a personal/family mail/web/dns server whose componentry* is almost all built by MacPorts since ~2006. Current platform is El Capitan, because Apple has made macOS increasingly hostile to server use. When running ElCap becomes too much of a hassle (or when that machine dies,) I expect that I will finally move its functionality to a FreeBSD machine.
> Catalina and later simply are not fit for server duty. The deliberate breaking of standard logging, broad locking of the system, and breakage in the legacy implementation of 'cron' make it clear that Apple doesn't want people fiddling around with their Macs "under the hood" or using them as unattended utility machines.
> (*) Apache HTTPD, Postfix, Dovecot, BIND, SpamAssassin, and a bunch of tools that I use for administrative/research work on that machine. Also MIMEDefang, which is hand-built because it's got some (originally intentional and explicit)  Mac-hostility and there's no port. Yet.
> -- 
> Bill Cole
> bill at or billcole at
> (AKA @grumpybozo and many * addresses)
> Not Currently Available For Hire

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