semi-problem starting sendmail

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Wed Dec 9 17:57:04 UTC 2009

On Tue, 8 Dec 2009 18:25:43 -0500, Robert Huff <roberthuff at> wrote:
> I just generated new keys using the method specified the the article
> recommended by Giorgos, and I get the same result.

Oops. I was hoping that would help, but it was only a wild guess by
looking at the error message and the Google hits I could find for
related threads.

As Chuck wrote, the error is coming from the TLS support code.  Can you
try the openssl commands he mentioned?

    Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 23:33:07 +0200
    From: Chuck Swiger <cswiger at>
    Subject: Re: semi-problem starting sendmail
    Message-id: <D1ADCE71-7D5E-4E0D-BA3A-03B6E4AF1134 at>

    Well, the error is coming from /usr/src/contrib/sendmail/src/tls.c, and
    depends on openssl to deal with your cert.  Does:

      openssl verify -verbose /etc/mail/CA/private/cakey.pem

    ...say anything interesting?  What about:

      openssl x509 -in /etc/mail/CA/private/cakey.pem -text

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