complete rookie sendmail question

Ken Hawkins ken at
Sun Feb 27 16:44:46 GMT 2005

Found out it was a firewall issue and that is open now. though my 
problem has gone from connection refused to:
Feb 27 08:22:04 web1 sendmail[85505]: j1MIj4DI065443: <...> 
delay=4+19:37:00, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=22920813,, dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: Operation timed 
out with

is there a timeout that I can set in sendmail to set a longer wait time 
on this?

my flags in my rc.conf are:

sendmail_flags="-bd -q30m" # -bd is pretty mandatory.

I am in a bit of a panic because my mail queue is starting to fill up 
and I need to get these messages out....

On Feb 25, 2005, at 11:11 AM, Giorgos Keramidas wrote:

> On 2005-02-25 11:03, Ken Hawkins <ken at> wrote:
>> first.... thank you all for the invaluable amount of info and
>> resorses that flow through this mail list.. I hope to one day
>> contribute more than I take away.
>> that said This is what is happening. I have a webserver
>> '' that is not the mailserver for (that is
>>  /var/log/maillog has errors like:
>> Feb 25 07:34:09 web1 sm-mta[98913]: j1PDTdTd098790:
>> to=<bar at>, ctladdr=<foo at> (1002/1002),
>> delay=00:04:30, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=esmtp, pri=120427,
>> [], dsn=4.0.0,
>> stat=Deferred: Connection refused by
> Is running an MTA?
> Does the setup of the MTA, the firewall, whatever else runs on
> allow connections from your host?
>> how can i configure sendmail for send out mail as and NOT
>> is this possible?
> This is probably a job of the MTA running on, which
> should probably have the option:
> If it doesn't already, that is.  Handling the masquerading of outgoing
> email in one central place (the MTA setup of is much
> preferable, since you only have to update ONE place whenever you feel
> like changing the MASQUERADE_AS option.
> - Giorgos
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