[H-GEN] FreeBSD Sendmail Set-up
gjb at gbch.net
Wed Jan 23 07:02:20 EST 2002
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John Duncan wrote:
| On Wed, Jan 23, 2002 at 11:40:07AM +1000, Greg Black wrote:
| > "john duncan" wrote:
| > | The way it is described on the website is what we have
| > | used but the queue won't run except by hand and it
| > | seems complicated to me when the README is the
| > | same as on OpenBSD.
| > How does his installation differ from the default? When
| > installed, FreeBSD has sendmail setup to run (which I hate,
| > because I have to run around removing binaries and doing other
| > draconian things to stop it as I don't use sendmail).
| > This description doesn't really tell us enough to work from.
| > What has he changed from the default? What were the goals from
| > those changes? What (exactly) happens? How does this differ
| > from his expectations?
| It is hard to find out over the miles exactly what he has done
| but as I helped him set up userppp and news he seems to be doing
| right.The idea of course is for him to masquerade as his ISP and
| relay all mail through his ISP.
| This is not the worry my sendmail.mc works right and he is using
| the same form but when he makes a sendmail.cf it gives locked
| mailbox errors which should be fixed by modifying local mailer flags
| which we have tried as discussed on FreeBSD mailing lists.
| It is alright as far as it goes but the local mailer will not
| run the queue without manual intervention,he can send and receive
| mail alright but it isn't put in his mutt mailbox automatically.
| Fetchmail delivers his mail to sendmail alright and he can send
| mail to me from mutt ok.
As a non-user of sendmail since v5, I can't guess what his
problem is from such a vague description, so there's not much
more I can suggest directly.
| The how-to in the FreeBSD website don't use the explicit m4 build
| and I was wondering if I can get him to use this the same as I
| would on OpenBSD.
| He has just told me however that as well as the default set-up he
| also added a sendmail package off the CD's, this could be the problem.
| Don't know what this would have done.
He should do /one/ of the following:
1. Remove the sendmail package that he added and use the
supplied sendmail and follow the FreeBSD instructions.
2. Remove the sendmail package that he added and get the
latest stable sendmail from sendmail.org and follow their
As a general rule, it's really unwise to install variant
versions of system utilities (such as sendmail) unless you
already know what you're doing. Trying to resurrect a broken
system after such a step is frequently painful.
 This might be tricky, as it could result in blowing away
some of the FreeBSD installation as well; he would need to
know how to restore it, or else re-install FreeBSD to get
things back the way they should be. That would also mean
backing up his other customisations so he could restore
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