changed sendmail behavior on FreeBSD 7?

fred fred at
Mon Mar 31 16:11:01 PDT 2008

Hi, I am having the exact same problem with a server running FreeBSD-7.0. 

The hostname is :
MX for is not server1.

sendmail -v user at < test.msg will result in user unknown


sendmail -v anotheruser at < test.msg will work.

If anyone knows how to get around this?


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-questions at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-questions at] On Behalf Of Chris St Denis
Sent: 31 mars 2008 16:29
To: freebsd-questions at
Subject: changed sendmail behavior on FreeBSD 7?

I've setup a new web server hostname When I try 
to send mail to username at it tries to deliver it locally 
instead of to the mx server

In previous versions this seems to work correctly. Why would it be 
trying to deliver locally this time? I'm running default sendmail config 
that comes with the standard install.

Another server I have seems to have this problem even worse. It's a web 
server, and for any of the hundreds of domains hosted on it (www A 
records pointed at it, but MX records pointed elseware) it also tries to 
deliver locally. I was able to get this mostly working by using a 
smarthost to the actual mail server, but I don't understand why it would 
be ignoring the mx records.

I've never had problems like these with previous versions. What has changed?
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