Cyrus on FreeBSD

Wade Stebbings wade at
Tue Nov 4 11:00:34 EST 2003

Hi Jason,

I have been running and older Cyrus on an older FreeBSD system for
years.  (Actually, I need to upgrade a lot of stuff.)  But that aside, 
I had
one system with an uptime of >2years (around 750 days if I recall that
correctly, then a power outage of duration greater that my UPS could
withstand came along and ruined this record).  That was FreeBSD 3.2
with Cyrus 1.5.19, and I assume the software can only get better with
more recent revisions...   ;)

In my opinion, FreeBSD is a very solid and high-performing platform
for Cyrus and other services, as I'm sure are other BSD's (i.e., 
NetBSD) and Linux.  I am running FreeBSD 4.7 and 4.8 on a few boxes,
and those look just as promising as the old 3.2 box.  I have no 
yet with 5.x, though I believe a 5.2 release is coming out in December.
If you're hardware is multiprocessor, you might consider 5.2, but I'd 
go to
the website and track the progress.

I prefer FreeBSD over Linux for servers because (1) I am most familiar
with BSD-based systems with almost 20 years experience running BSD
software, (2) I prefer editing configuration files and command-line 
over GUIs, though you could still go "under the covers with Linux" (note
my linux experience is limited to RH), and (3) believe that FreeBSD is
more secure, at least I see more security alerts with Linux than 
if that is any type of measure.

Hope this helps.


On Monday, November 3, 2003, at 06:44 PM, Jason Williams wrote:

> Evening everyone.
> I was curious if anyone was running Cyrus on a FreeBSD system? I'm 
> strongly considering running cyrus for our mail server here and I 
> noticed that is currently available via the ports tree for FreeBSD.
> I would like to know what your experiences have been: Good? Bad?
> How's your performance and if you have had any big problems?
> I really like what Cyrus has to offer and I'm leaning to implementing 
> this on our Company network.
> Thank you.
> Cheers,
> Jason

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