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  • Paperback: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (28 Dec. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565928393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565928398
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 4.8 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 707,638 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Bryan Costales: Author, Programmer, Geek

Bryan Costales is author of several technical books, chief of which is the O'Reilly "sendmail" book, also called the "bat book" because of the picture of a bat on the cover. He has written short fiction for over thirty years and has been published in Cantaraville Six, Micro Horror, in the Banyan Review, and Peridot Books. In order to hone his craft, he has been writing a bi-weekly short story for almost two years. Those short stories are available on Scribd. Also see for his current, past, and future technical books and novels.

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"If you are running a complex sendmail installation, possibly including multiple servers, mailing lists and the rest, you'll find this book invaluable."Computer Shopper, May 2004

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The new edition of sendmail has been completely revised to cover sendmail 8.12--a version with more features and fundamental changes than any previous version of the Unix-based email routing program. Because the latest version of sendmail differs so significantly from earlier versions, a massive rewrite of this best-selling reference was called for. With sendmail, Third Edition in hand, you will be able to configure this challenging but necessary utility for whatever needs your system requires.

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Format: Paperback
Bat book is just invaluable. After years of having that book I still finding solutions that makes me looks like sendmail magician. It's heaving, but pretty nice in reading. For sure that books change a lot my approach to sending e-mails. If you are sys admin using Sendmail than this book even after time will offer plenty of important and "sends saving" informations. It's very in depth, but as I said: has nice flow in reading
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Buy the 3rd edition! 22 Jan. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
BUY THIS BOOK! If you have an earlier edition, throw it away and buy this book! If you looked at earlier editions and decided that they were not for you, forget the past ! Buy this book!
The third edition is more than a new edition; it is a complete re-write that vastly improves the sendmail book. The second edition had 38 chapters spread over a 1,000 pages. All of the details were there, but they were so hard to find, the index was the most used section of the book. Not anymore! Despite adding 200 more pages of material, the book has been reduced to 25 logical, organized chapters. Each chapter describes an important function and covers that function in a step-by-step manner.
The book is well organized, beautifully written, and a joy to read.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
If you use Sendmail, you should use this book. 11 May 2003
By Tim Greer - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very good book to read and reference and covers a lot. Although I don't use Sendmail anymore, I still reference it when I support a server that runs it and it coveres everything a book shoudl cover about a topic. It doesn't get all generalized and go off into basic installs and configures of other software and things just to waste more trees, it does it's job and does it well. It's *the* Sendmail book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
There has to be better... 18 April 2005
By Joaquin Menchaca - Published on
Format: Paperback
I admire O'Reilly books for their uncanny ability to hook me into a lot of advance technologies. I desperately need to get a handle on sendmail for basic configuration, so naturally I come to O'Reilly.

I investigated this book several times, and though it looks like a great awesome and essential reference, it simply does nothing for those trying to get off the ground. I think it is only for advanced and seasoned sendmail administrators, but for those trying to get a handle on sendmail, this is not the book.

In contrast, I have books on postfix and exim mail systems by O'Reilly and these books are decent in getting you started. I am saddened that this is mainly a reference and not like other O'Reilly books. The book could have been called "send mail, the definitive reference".
21 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Don't limit yourself 20 Sept. 2003
By Gene Ballard - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a great book if you are seasoned Sendmail admin with good C programming skills. I give 3 starts because it is so hard to understand.
I've been using sendmail for 3 years and I just tried Qmail and Postfix. I have chosen Postfix because it's so darn efficiant and configurable.
Viktor Duchovni, is a great help on the online community and the online docs are just as detaild as this sendmail book.
If you are stuck on sendmail then get this book.
But try Qmail and Postfix if you can...
BTW... RedHat lets you choose between Postfix or Sendmail. That means a lot to me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is more like a reference manual 1 Mar. 2006
By Srinivasa R. Kunamneni - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book probably covers most information regarding Sendmail but is not meant for someone trying to learn how to configure sendmail. Most chapters have a small introduction and then go on to explain each feature/aspect in detail. For a beginner, it is difficult to connect the dots (features) and understand how to configure / run sendmail.
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