Newbie Sendmail Question
shane at random.randomwords.ca
Tue Apr 27 14:39:27 PDT 2004
> From owner-freebsd-questions at freebsd.org Tue Apr 27 15:26:29 2004
> From: "dps" <dan at i-tds.net>
> To: <freebsd-questions at freebsd.org>
> Date: Tue, 27 Apr 2004 16:17:02 -0500
> Subject: Newbie Sendmail Question
> I have somewhat of an easy question regarding sendmail. I'm sure the
> solution is easy, but I just can't seem to figure out what is going on.
> First off, I want to say that I have sendmail installed, and it works
> properly. I can send and recieve e-mail from the box no problem.
> Basically, my problem has to do with outgoing mail... When I send outgoing
> mail, it shows up as being from "User LOGIN" and the host is
> "dps.sockthief.com". dps.sockthief.com is the hostname returned when typing
> "hostname" from the command prompt.
> Here is a partial listing for my zone file for named:
> $TTL 3600
> @ SOA ns.sockthief.com. dps.sockthief.com. (
> NS ns.sockthief.com.
> NS ns2.sockthief.com.
> MX 10 mail.sockthief.com.
> A 126.96.36.199
> ns A 188.8.131.52
> dps A 184.108.40.206
> mail A 220.127.116.11
> Also, here is:
> dps# cat /etc/mail/local-host-names
> As you can see, sockthief.com, dps.sockthief.com, mail.sockthief.com are all
> bound to the same IP. So basically, my questions are this:
> 1) When I send outgoing mail, how do I get the source address to appear as
> just sockthief.com as opposed to dps.sockthief.com?
> 2) My user name when i login is "dps" in just all lowercase, but for some
> reason, on the inbox of the person I'm sending mail to, it shows up as being
> from "User DPS". Is there a way to change this on a global basis?
> Sorry if I am was unclear, I'm not used to posting to this list yet.
> Hopefully I gave enough information, however if you have any more questions
> or need clarification, feel free to write me back. Cheers!
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As you can see from the message header I can sympathize with you!
I know that part of the problem has to do with your email client.
If you are using 'mail' (like I am right now) then you get this problem.
Try editing your .mailrc file to have the correct "reply-to" address.
There are probably .rc files which control the behavior of your mail client if
you're using Pine, Mutt etc.
When I use Evolution and other gui clients, this doesn't seem to be a problem.
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