I happen to store many of my postfix configuration files in a
different directory than PREFIX/etc/postfix. I store things
like aliases, generic, main.cf, master.cf, and transport all in
Up until now, my postfix installation/upgrade has consisted
of installing the port, then doing this:
# cd /usr/local/etc/postfix
# rm main.cf master.cf
# ln -s /conf/ME/postfix/main.cf
# ln -s /conf/ME/postfix/master.cf
I came across the manpage entry for postfix(8) which says that
you can use "-c directory" to the postfix start/stop command
to specify an alternate location of a postfix installation, or
use -v or -D for logging verbosity/debugging. I decided to make
a $postfix_flags variable in rc.d/postfix which would allow
these flags to be passed to postfix(8) when starting. Thus I
can now do in rc.conf:
...and no longer require symlinks in PREFIX/etc/postfix. (Using
that method also makes a mess when doing a postfix upgrade, since
the configuration backup/restore doesn't handle symlinks how I'd
like. :) No need to change that though.)
There's one caveat: PREFIX/etc/postfix also contains a couple
necessary scripts and files, such as makedefs.out, post-install,
postfix-files, and postfix-script (the most important one).
Those who want to use the -c dir option will have to do something
like this, or else postfix-script and friends won't work:
# cd /conf/ME/postfix
# ln -s /usr/local/etc/postfix/makedefs.out
# ln -s /usr/local/etc/postfix/post-install
# ln -s /usr/local/etc/postfix/postfix-files
# ln -s /usr/local/etc/postfix/postfix-script
The reason for this is that the postfix(8) script explicitly looks
for postfix-script as $config_directory/postfix-script. It's not
a bug; it's just how things are done in postfix(8).
Fix: Apply the below patch.
Submitter has GNATS access
Awaiting maintainers feedback
On Feb 13, 2007, at 4:28 PM, Edwin Groothuis wrote:
> Maintainer of mail/postfix,
> Please note that PR ports/109137 has just been submitted.
> If it contains a patch for an upgrade, an enhancement or a bug fix
> you agree on, reply to this email stating that you approve the patch
> and a committer will take care of it.
I approve the application of this patch.
I don't see the need to increment PORTREVISION on this change, as it
doesn't affect any existing users.
koitsu 2007-02-20 22:36:40 UTC
FreeBSD ports repository
Addition of postfix_flags variable to rc.subr startup script.
This variable is passed to postfix-script on startup, allowing
administrators to do things like postfix_flags="-c /my/place/postfix"
(alternate location of main.cf and master.cf), or postfix_flags="-v"
(for verbose logging). See postfix(1) manpage for flags.
Reviewed by: Vivek Khera <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Approved by: philip
Revision Changes Path
1.5 +6 -3 ports/mail/postfix-current/files/postfix.sh.in
1.5 +6 -3 ports/mail/postfix/files/postfix.sh.in
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