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I'm debugging some mail related stuff on my Mac, and not quite sure how my system is even sending mail.

I can run a simple command like date | mail -s test and receive an email just fine. Cool. I can also use PHP's mail() function to send mail. PHP's sendmail_path configuration variable is /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i, looks okay.

But the weird thing is I don't think Postfix is even running...

$ postqueue -p
postqueue: fatal: Queue report unavailable - mail system is down
$ ps -aef | grep -i postfix
  501 28403 25525   0  2:10PM ttys042    0:00.00 grep -i postfix
$ launchctl list | grep -i mail
-   0
70829   -   0x7fa87941a060.anonymous.Mail
$ launchctl list | grep -i postfix
-   0   org.postfix.master

How is my Mac even sending mail from the mail terminal command if Postfix isn't running? Is there some other mail daemon OS X runs?

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I don't know the details, but Postfix spawns when you use the mail command, and shuts down shortly afterward. Try mailing something and note you can reach Postfix on port 25 for a bit afterward, but not later. – zigg Aug 2 '13 at 18:18
Postfix is the default! It comes pre installed with osx. – Buscar웃 Aug 2 '13 at 20:12
Try disabling it with sudo /bin/launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/org.postfix.master.plist – Buscar웃 Aug 2 '13 at 20:14

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