sendmail: stat=Deferred: Connection reset by local

Giorgos Keramidas keramida at
Wed May 27 04:34:36 UTC 2009

On Tue, 26 May 2009 19:01:46 +0200 (CEST), Wojciech Puchar <wojtek at> wrote:
>> here it is:
>> divert(0)dnl
>> VERSIONID(`$FreeBSD: src/etc/sendmail/,v 1.1
>> 2003/10/19 00:03:13 gshapiro Exp $')
>> define(`confCF_VERSION', `Submit')dnl
>> define(`__OSTYPE__',`')dnl dirty hack to keep proto.m4 from complaining
>> define(`_USE_DECNET_SYNTAX_', `1')dnl support DECnet
>> define(`confTIME_ZONE', `USE_TZ')dnl
>> define(`confDONT_INIT_GROUPS', `True')dnl
>> define(`confBIND_OPTS', `WorkAroundBrokenAAAA')dnl
>> dnl
>> dnl If you use IPv6 only, change [] to [IPv6:::1]
>> FEATURE(`msp', `[]')dnl
>   ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^6
> this line i wanted to check if it listens. looks fine, while your
> messages suggested that it's not.
> so no more idea, you talked about that you upgraded things, maybe rm
> *.cf;make;make install;/etc/rc.d/sendmail restart?
> but actually i don't have more ideas.

Just a wild guess, but looking at the log message it seems like there
was some sort of timing problem with the startup of spamassassin and/or
the local mailer:

May 26 17:40:46 jupiter sm-mta[10733]: n4QFeh2X010731: smtpquit: mailer local exited with exit value 1
May 26 17:40:46 jupiter sm-mta[10733]: n4QFeh2X010731: to=<... relay=local, dsn=4.4.2, stat=Deferred: Connection reset by local
May 26 17:40:47 jupiter spamd[4853]: prefork: child states: II

Maybe Sendmail started trying to feed messages through spamassassin
before it had a chance to launch?

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