difficulty installing sendmail+tls+sasl2 package

William Dudley wfdudley at gmail.com
Sun Mar 11 19:04:12 UTC 2018

Damn!  I hit Send before I was finished.

Read on below . . .

This email is free of malware because I run Linux.

On Sun, Mar 11, 2018 at 2:53 PM, William Dudley <wfdudley at gmail.com> wrote:

> I've been running my own sendmail based server for many years.
> I'm currently running FreeBSD 10.3, with base sendmail.
> It works, but lacks SASL support.
> I found a mention of package sendmail+tls+sasl2 and thought I'd try that.
> After all, I have a running sendmail, how hard could it be?
> HAH!
> pkg install sendmail+tls+sasl2 "worked", in that it installed stuff and
> didn't
> report any error messages.
> I follow the first instruction:
> you should add in /etc/make.conf:
> SENDMAIL_CF_DIR=        /usr/local/share/sendmail/cf
> So far, so good.
> Later, in the printed instructions, it says:
> To activate sendmail as your default mailer, call the target 'mailer.conf':
> $ cd /usr/ports/mail/sendmail && make mailer.conf
> Your '/etc/mail/mailer.conf' should look like this:
> #
> # Execute the "real" sendmail program, named /usr/libexec/sendmail/sendmail
> #
> sendmail        /usr/local/sbin/sendmail
> I didn't do the make mailer.conf, because I don't understand why
> stuff in the ports tree is being referenced.  This is a pkg, not
> a port.
> And then there's this:
> ls -l /usr/local/bin/sendmail
> ls: /usr/local/bin/sendmail: No such file or directory
> So that's kind of worrying.
> I go to /usr/local/share/sendmail/cf and read the README.
> It says to do this:
> cd ${CONFDIR}/cf && ./Build config.cf

So I do:

cd /usr/local/share/sendmail/cf/cf
./Build config.cf
cannot open ../../devtools/bin/find_m4.sh: No such file or directory

Which isn't a good sign.

Since this is my only mail server, and this is rapidly going pear-shaped, I
sendmail+tsl+sasl, undid the change to /etc/make.conf, and restarted my
stock sendmail.


What am I doing wrong?

What (apparently secret) dependencies am I missing?

If I get this working, will that be sufficient to get imap to work with
modern smart phones, that
expact SSL and TLS and all kinds of other acrynyms to work?

Bill Dudley
New Jersey, USA


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