sendmail woes

Brian Astill bastill at
Thu Apr 10 01:03:34 PDT 2003

Matthew Seaman wrote:

>>I waited a L O N G time during boot and eventually this sequence occurred:
>>Starting standard daemons: inetd cron printer sshd usbd sendmail 
>>The boot then continued normally to the login prompt.
>That's a classic symptom of DNS problems. Your sendmail installation
>is probably perfectly good in itself, but sendmail is blocking trying
>to resolve the FQDN of the host via the DNS, and it's the DNS that you
>need to concentrate on fixing.  Note: it's got to be able to use the
>DNS to do those lookups, or it won't be much use for the rest of the
>internet to communicate with.  There should be more information about
>exactly what lookups are failing in /var/log/maillog.
Agreed completely - trouble is I can find nothing wrong with /etc/hosts 
or rc.conf that would explain the problem so I can fix it.  Sadly, all 
was OK until I upgraded from 4.8PR to 4.8RC, which suggests that 
upgrading is the issue.
I will do as you say and look at maillog.  Have to reboot into FBSD to 
do that.
Here I go ... Bye!


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