Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 172838
spost fails to send mail in pre-built package
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:11:16 EST
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Description of problem:
When I install the pre-built package and try to send a message, I get the following error at the 'what now' prompt:
[uckelman@charybdis ~]$ comp
What now? s
spost: can't exec no: No such file or directory
send: message not delivered to anyone
However, when I build the package myself from the source RPM---without changing anything in the spec file---sending messages works as expected. Building the SRPM in two different places on the same architecture ought to produce the same result. The same thing happens on my other FC4 box, and this same problem has existed with every version of nmh that's been in extras to date.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the prebuilt package.
2. Try to send a message.
Actual Results: I got the error message seen above.
Expected Results: The message should be sent.
Can you please provide the output of:
rpm -q --requires nmh
for your rebuilt packages. This sounds like a missing dependency issue.
(Wow, that was fast.)
[uckelman@charybdis i386]$ rpm -q --requires nmh
config(nmh) = 1.1-10.fc4
rpmlib(CompressedFileNames) <= 3.0.4-1
rpmlib(PartialHardlinkSets) <= 4.0.4-1
rpmlib(PayloadFilesHavePrefix) <= 4.0-1
The problem here is that nmh's configure script is broken and does something
silly if sendmail isn't installed during the build. I'll fix the problem
upstream, and added sendmail as a buildrequires for the Fedora Extras packages.
It's a hackish solution, but will work. This should be fixed properly when
nmh-1.2 is released.
New packages have been submitted to the build system, sometime in the near
future nmh-1.1-11.fc4 should show up. Please reopen this bug if the problem
Hold on, that doesn't make sense to me. I *don't* have sendmail installed on my
machine, and the local build works correctly---from which I would conclude that
sendmail is *not* required in order to have a working build. But it appears that
you've concluded the opposite.
Have I misunderstood the proposed solution?
While you may not have sendmail installed, when configure is run it looks for
something called sendmail. You should have something installed on your system
called sendmail (check /usr/sbin/sendmail). Here is the macro in question:
dnl Look for `sendmail'
AC_PATH_PROG(sendmailpath, sendmail, no, [$pathtmp])
What happens is if configure can't find a program called sendmail somewhere on
the system, it defaults to using "no", which doesn't exist. The upstream fix
changes "no" to /usr/sbin/sendmail, which will be used as default and should
exist on most systems (postfix for example has an executable which pretends to
Aha! Thanks so much for the explanation. Now I get why the error was so
A further suggestion: The new package now has
but it isn't really sendmail that's required. Any MTA which provides sendmail
emulation via /usr/sbin/senmail would do. So why not make it