Problem with alias length in base Sendmail
spil.oss at googlemail.com
Sun Jan 24 10:18:14 UTC 2010
Today I ran into the BUG documented in the aliases man-page.
If you have compiled sendmail with DBM support instead of NEWDB, you
may have encountered problems in dbm(3) restricting a single alias to
about 1000 bytes of information. <snip>
Looking at Sendmail, it is compiled with NEWDB so the restriction
would not apply.
# sendmail -d0.1 -bv root
Compiled with: DNSMAP LOG MAP_REGEX MATCHGECOS MILTER MIME7TO8 MIME8TO7
NAMED_BIND NETINET NETINET6 NETUNIX NEWDB NIS PIPELINING SCANF
STARTTLS TCPWRAPPERS USERDB XDEBUG
If my alias (including whitespace) exceeds ca. 1000 characters,
running `make aliases` will report an error.
/etc/mail/aliases: line 320: alias too long
Resulting in an aliases.db file without the too long alias
550 5.1.1 <alias1 at example.org>... User unknown
Which means to me that the alias is simply skipped and the rest of the
aliases database is installed.
There is a workaround documented with the bug in the man-page, but I'd
very much like to understand why this is failing.
FreeBSD gw.example.org 7.2-RELEASE-p1 FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p1 #2: Thu
Jun 11 12:58:02 CEST 2009
root at gw.example.org:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/MYKERNEL i386
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