Newbie Sendmail Question
sk at isprime.com
Tue Apr 27 14:47:40 PDT 2004
The reason this is happening is because you're using a mail client on the
FreeBSD system that is not properly configured. By default, if you do not
specify your name in the From:, any client will read the values from
/etc/passwd (which by default is User & [& being replaced with your
Also, to make it show a different hostname in the From: address, simply
modify your email address in the configuration as well and that should
resolve your problems.
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On Tue, 27 Apr 2004, User Shane wrote:
> > From owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org Tue Apr 27 15:26:29 2004
> > From: "dps" <dan at i-tds.net>
> > To: <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
> > Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 16:17:02 -0500
> > Subject: Newbie Sendmail Question
> > I have somewhat of an easy question regarding sendmail. I'm sure the
> > solution is easy, but I just can't seem to figure out what is going on.
> > First off, I want to say that I have sendmail installed, and it works
> > properly. I can send and recieve e-mail from the box no problem.
> > Basically, my problem has to do with outgoing mail... When I send outgoing
> > mail, it shows up as being from "User LOGIN" and the host is
> > "dps.sockthief.com". dps.sockthief.com is the hostname returned when typing
> > "hostname" from the command prompt.
> > Here is a partial listing for my zone file for named:
> > $TTL 3600
> > @ SOA ns.sockthief.com. dps.sockthief.com. (
> > 2004041203
> > 3600
> > 7200
> > 604800
> > 86400
> > )
> > NS ns.sockthief.com.
> > NS ns2.sockthief.com.
> > MX 10 mail.sockthief.com.
> > A 220.127.116.11
> > ns A 18.104.22.168
> > dps A 22.214.171.124
> > mail A 126.96.36.199
> > Also, here is:
> > dps# cat /etc/mail/local-host-names
> > sockthief.com
> > mail.sockthief.com
> > As you can see, sockthief.com, dps.sockthief.com, mail.sockthief.com are all
> > bound to the same IP. So basically, my questions are this:
> > 1) When I send outgoing mail, how do I get the source address to appear as
> > just sockthief.com as opposed to dps.sockthief.com?
> > 2) My user name when i login is "dps" in just all lowercase, but for some
> > reason, on the inbox of the person I'm sending mail to, it shows up as being
> > from "User DPS". Is there a way to change this on a global basis?
> > Sorry if I am was unclear, I'm not used to posting to this list yet.
> > Hopefully I gave enough information, however if you have any more questions
> > or need clarification, feel free to write me back. Cheers!
> > ~Dan
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> Hi Dan,
> As you can see from the message header I can sympathize with you!
> I know that part of the problem has to do with your email client.
> If you are using 'mail' (like I am right now) then you get this problem.
> Try editing your .mailrc file to have the correct "reply-to" address.
> There are probably .rc files which control the behavior of your mail client if
> you're using Pine, Mutt etc.
> When I use Evolution and other gui clients, this doesn't seem to be a problem.
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