sendmail issues - make fails to create aliases.db in /etc/mail

Gary Kline kline at
Tue Jan 12 20:27:19 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 11:09:54AM -0700, Warren Block wrote:
> On Tue, 12 Jan 2010, Jim wrote:
> >make in /etc/mail fails (silently) to create aliases.db. I touched all
> >the source files I modified to make sure they would be rebuilt (since
> >the last rebuild failed).
> Just tried it here successfully, although I'd usually do newaliases.
> >[root at mail-jail /etc/mail]# /usr/sbin/sendmail -v -bi
> >-OAliasFile=/etc/mail/aliases
> >sendmail: -O option ignored
> ...
> >postalias: dict_eval: const  Postfix
> ...
> >postalias: open hash /etc/aliases
> Looks like you're using postfix pretending to be sendmail.  Evidently 
> postfix doesn't build aliases.db the same way.  You might try 
> newaliases.

	Yeah, that might work.  I had troubles with aliases and the database
	and it didn't resolve itself until I ran newaliases.  But newaliases is
	just a symlink to /usr/sbin/mailwrapper.  It calls /etc/mail/mail.conf 
	with newaliases which point to the *real* binary.  That's where things 
	disappear down the rabbit hole.

	Are you trying to run sendmail as postfix?

> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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