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Bug 134324 - sendmail alias expansion not working
sendmail alias expansion not working
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Classification: Red Hat
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Thomas Woerner
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2004-10-01 08:58 EDT by David Dombek
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:07 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2007-07-24 11:58:44 EDT
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Description David Dombek 2004-10-01 08:58:12 EDT
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Description of problem:
Below are 2 examples of alias expansion as entered in /etc/aliases

In RHELv3 you will see that the alias for root is not expanded.  In
RH7.3 the alias is properly expanded.

Where is the problem in mail or sendmail or was this a deliberate change?

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. modify /etc/aliases to have root email go to another user
2. run newaliases
3. mail -v -s test root@localhost < /etc/hosts

Actual Results:  
[root@e2cen2logadm2 root]# mail -v -s test root@localhost < /etc/hosts
root@localhost... Connecting to [] via relay...
220 e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com ESMTP Sendmail
8.12.11/8.11.6; Thu, 30 Sep 2004 22:02:53 -0400
>>> EHLO e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com
250-e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com Hello localhost.localdomain
[], pleased to meet you
250 HELP
>>> MAIL From:<root@e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com> SIZE=425
250 2.1.0 <root@e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com>... Sender ok
>>> RCPT To:<root@e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com>
>>> DATA
250 2.1.5 <root@e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com>... Recipient ok
354 Enter mail, end with "." on a line by itself
>>> .
250 2.0.0 i9122rQ7006232 Message accepted for delivery
root@localhost... Sent (i9122rQ7006232 Message accepted for delivery)
Closing connection to []
>>> QUIT
221 2.0.0 e2cen2logadm2.east2.247realmedia.com 

closing connection

Expected Results:  RH7.3
mail -v -s test root@localhost < /etc/hosts
root@localhost... aliased to snog@247realmedia.com
snog@247realmedia.com... Connecting to e2smtp1.east2.247realmedia.com.
via relay...
220 e2smtp1.east2.247realmedia.com ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.6/8.11.6; Thu,
30 Sep 2004 22:13:02 -0400
>>> EHLO e1cen1logadm1.east1.247realmedia.com
250-e2smtp1.east2.247realmedia.com Hello [], pleased to meet you
250 HELP
>>> MAIL From:<root@e1cen1logadm1.east1.247realmedia.com> SIZE=310
250 2.1.0 <root@e1cen1logadm1.east1.247realmedia.com>... Sender ok
>>> RCPT To:<snog@247realmedia.com>
250 2.1.5 <snog@247realmedia.com>... Recipient ok
>>> DATA
354 Enter mail, end with "." on a line by itself
>>> .
250 2.0.0 i912D2K13596 Message accepted for delivery
snog@247realmedia.com... Sent (i912D2K13596 Message accepted for delivery)
Closing connection to e2smtp1.east2.247realmedia.com.
>>> QUIT
221 2.0.0 e2smtp1.east2.247realmedia.com closing connection

Additional info:
Comment 1 Thomas Woerner 2007-07-23 08:02:20 EDT
Are you using virtusertable?
Comment 2 Thomas Woerner 2007-07-24 11:57:15 EDT
This request was evaluated by Red Hat Engineering for inclusion in a Red
Hat Enterprise Linux maintenance release.

Red Hat does not currently plan to provide this change in a Red Hat Enterprise
Linux update release for currently deployed products.

With the goal of minimizing risk of change for deployed systems, and in
response to customer and partner requirements, Red Hat takes a conservative
approach when evaluating enhancements for inclusion in maintenance updates
for currently deployed products. The primary objectives of update releases
are to enable new hardware platform support and to resolve critical

However, Red Hat will further review this request for potential inclusion
in future major releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 

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