Sendmail hand upon boot and restart

Eric Crist ecrist at
Wed Jul 7 09:53:33 PDT 2004

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-freebsd-questions at
> [mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of
> Steve Bertrand
> Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 8:32 AM
> To: Gary Kline
> Cc: FreeBSD Mailing List
> Subject: Re: Sendmail hand upon boot and restart
> >
> >
> > After a year I'm finally upgrading DNS servers, and having
> > a bad time getting sendmail and dhcp to work.  I may finally
> > have dhcp woking on   ping works and my
> > /var/log/maillog is filling up.  But on, sendmail
> > refuses to start.  Can anybody help me ith this?
> First we need to create a baseline...Do you get any error
> messages, or does sendmail just appear to hang? Can you ping
> from this machine? Do you have a firewall setup on the box?
> Do you have 'sendmail_enable="YES"' in /etc/rc.conf?
> Do the following and perhaps post the output so we know what
> stage in the game you are at:
> # cat /etc/resolv.conf
> # dig
> # dig @
> Every time I have had sendmail problems, it has always come
> back to DNS failures.
> HTH,
> Steve
> >
> > I'm swsapping out my Linksys NIC between my old DNS server and the
> > new.  Wih the 10/100 card in the  old server, thinks work
> flwlessly;
> > in the new they don't.
> >
> > Any ideas on what I need to configure, and hw?
> >

Something else that would really help would be to edit your
/etc/mail/ file on the line that starts with LogLevel.  It is
probably set to 9.  Change this value to 20 or so, and from /etc/mail,
type make restart.

View the end of your /var/log/maillog file by typing the following
command, and post these results to the list:

# tail -n 50 /var/log/maillog

This will help us see if there is anything going on.  Adding the output
of 'date' at the time you ran the above command would help as well.

Found on Conan O'Brian:
Children's books written by celebrities;
   By Mel Gibson: Jesus Christ and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very
Bad Day.

Keep your powder dry and your pecker hard and the world WILL turn.

Eric F Crist

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