Sendmail email delays

Derek Ragona derek at
Sat Aug 16 00:22:57 UTC 2008

At 03:49 PM 8/15/2008, Tom Stuart wrote:
>I've been having trouble sending email that was sent via a process(swatch).
>I can send emails fine via command-line and receive immediately to the
>forwarded address. However when sent via swatch it can take 5-10 minutes.
>These entries appear in /var/log/mailllog. Note this is all relating to the
>same email and notice the 11 minute delay. Thanks in advance for any help.
>Aug 15 14:35:12 firewall-1 sendmail[72747]: m7FKZCXf072747: from=username,
>size=155, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<
>200808152035.m7FKZCXf072747 at>, relay=root at l
>Aug 15 14:35:12 firewall-1 sendmail[72747]: m7FKZCXf072747: to=root,
>delay=00:00:00, mailer=relay, pri=30155, stat=queued
>Aug 15 14:43:18 firewall-1 sendmail[72762]: m7FKhHx8072762: from=username,
>size=0, class=0, nrcpts=0, relay=root at localhost
>Aug 15 14:46:03 firewall-1 sm-mta[72794]: m7FKk3wc072794: from=<
>username at>, size=512, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<
>200808152035.m7FKZCXf072747 at>, proto=ESMTP,
>daemon=Daemon0, relay=localhost []
>Aug 15 14:46:03 firewall-1 sm-msp-queue[72793]: m7FKZCXf072747: to=root,
>ctladdr=username (1001/1001), delay=00:10:51, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=relay,
>pri=120155, relay=[
>] [], dsn=2.0.0, stat=Sent (m7FKk3wc072794 Message accepted for
>Aug 15 14:46:03 firewall-1 sm-mta[72795]: m7FKk3wc072794: to=
>username at, ctladdr=<username at> (1001/1001),
>delay=00:00:00, xdelay=00:0
>0:00, mailer=relay, pri=30809, [], dsn=2.0.0,
>stat=Sent ( <200808152035.m7FKZCXf072747 at> Queued mail for
>I think its important to know these details:
>firewall-1# uname -a
>FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 #2: Tue Feb  5 07:10:05
>MST 2008     root at  i386
>There is a .forward file in /root to forward root's mail to
>username at xxx.comwhich is to be sent via smarthost.
>I have the smarthost "DS" parameter in /etc/mail/ configured to
>/etc/hosts contains
>localhost    firewall-1

Have you tried changing the alias for root to the forwarded address in 
/etc/mail/aliases?  You can make the change there and rebuild the aliases file.


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