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My god, I'm just trying to send an email...

I'm in Ubuntu (12.10), trying to send email from Java. So, javax.mail. Is there a simple Ubuntu package for this? Seems like a common need. I can download it from Oracle, but I want a package. Googling turns up a package called geronimo-javamail-1.4-spec-java, and a little more googling tells me that Geronimo is an application server, and I don't think that's something I want to get involved with, just to send an email.

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care to explain the drive-by downvote? i think i'm asking a perfectly reasonable question, and in an appropriate forum. – philo Nov 30 '12 at 17:59
This is not a help forum, it's a question and answers site. The difference is subtle. – Dennis Kaarsemaker Nov 30 '12 at 19:26
I asked about installing something with an API instead of a UI. I regret nothing. – philo Nov 30 '12 at 23:20

You can use Postfix, Sendmail or even Qmail.

There is a list of SMTP servers available on Wikipedia.

Postfix is the default SMTP server on Ubuntu and has documentation available for Ubuntu.

Postfix is a package that is available on Ubuntu, but if you want a Java library available as a package, I don't think that exists.

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There is no package in Ubuntu that provides javax.mail as it doesn't ship Java EE (or a standalone javamail). You'll need to downoad it yourself from oracle. Besides that, programming questions are rather off-topic here, best go to Stack Overflow for programming help.

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There's no javax.mail package because libraries aren't distributed that way. Of course. That's a job for a build manager, like Maven.

Distributing Java libraries as Ubuntu packages would needlessly tie those projects to Ubuntu. But for system-dependent libraries, it's not uncommon to distribute them that way.

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