Problems with Postfix port

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Wed Apr 19 17:24:10 UTC 2006

Kevin Kinsey wrote:
> Chris Hastie wrote:
>> Yesterday I upgraded a 5.1 system to 5.4. I then cvsuped the ports 
>> tree and
>> rebuilt Postfix from mail/postfix.
>> I am having problems with spawn and pipe. Spawn complains
>> postfix/spawn[36315]: fatal: unknown user name: nobody
>> although nobody is a user on the system. Changing the the user in 
>> does
>> not improve things.
>> Pipe complains
>> postfix/pipe[38272]: fatal: invalid option: ?
>> I've asked the question on the postfix-users list, and with respect to 
>> the pipe
>> problem Wietse has responded:
>> "> postfix/pipe[38272]: fatal: invalid option: ?
>> You built Postfix with the GNU version of the getopt()
>> system routine. That version is not compatible with
>> the FreeBSD getopt() system routine.
>> To build Postfix on FreeBSD you MUST USE the FreeBSD
>> getopt() system routine, not the GNU version."
>> Is this likely to be the case if I installed from the port? If so, how 
>> do I get
>> around it? And any suggestions about spawn?
>> Thanks
> It doesn't seem likely to me that this is the problem,

To me either.  I ran into a problem a while back with Postfix, and 
that's the same answer they gave me.  It turned out to be a problem with 
SPF.  Once I deselected that, postfix compiled fine.
> It might be wise to use "portupgrade -rR" or something
> similar to update PostFix, or, if this isn't a production box,
> uninstall and reinstall the port (though that seems too
> "Microsoftie" to me....)
Good advice.

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas
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