stupid sendmail question (did not issue MAIL/EXPN/VRFY/ETRN)

Duane Winner duanewinner at
Fri Apr 23 13:40:47 PDT 2004

Hello all:

I am getting this in my /var/log/maillog:

Apr 23 15:23:39 library sm-mta[169]: i3NJNd8g000169: localhost 
[] did not issue MAIL/EXPN/VRFY/ETRN during connection to MTA

when my Tomcat serlvets attempt to send an email from my web app.

I only want sendmail listing on, and the web app is 
configured to use as it's mail server. It works fine on my Red 
Hat implementation, but I'm guessing FreeBSD sendmail is tightened up 
even more.

I know that sendmail is working, because I can use the 'mail' MUA and 
send myself a quick email.

I'm guessing this is a little different that just going #mail blahblah, 
because I'm doing mail relaying? But why would sendmail be denying mail 
relaying from itself (localhost).

Is this fairly simple to address? I know its probably stupid, but I 
haven't played with sendmail in about 3 years, and never completely 
understood then either.

Thanks for any info.


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