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Bug 172844 - sendmail is ignoring /etc/aliases
sendmail is ignoring /etc/aliases
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Thomas Woerner
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2005-11-10 09:49 EST by Bob Findlay
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:11 EST (History)
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Last Closed: 2006-07-14 09:50:02 EDT
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Description Bob Findlay 2005-11-10 09:49:32 EST
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Description of problem:
sendmail is ignoring aliases.  both in /etc/aliases and in ~/.forward


> echo "root: bob@bbsrc.ac.uk" >> /etc/aliases
> newaliases
> sendmail -v root
>>> RCPT To:<root@bbsrc.ac.uk>
- mail attempts to be sent to root@bbsrc.ac.uk instead of bob@bbsrc.ac.uk"

a check of the alias with sendmail -bv root   works as expected -
> sendmail -bv root   
bob@bbsrc.ac.uk... deliverable: mailer smtp, host removedforsecurity.bbsrc.ac.uk, user bob@bbsrc.ac.uk

if the same is done on a RH9 machine 
> sendmail -v root        says
root... aliased to bob@bbsrc.ac.uk

and it works

also, if I touch /etc/aliases then run sendmail -v root it does NOT complain that the aliases.db is out of date like redhat 9 does.

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.> echo "root: bob@bbsrc.ac.uk" >> /etc/aliases
2 > newaliases
3 > sendmail -v root

Actual Results:  mail goes to root@bbsrc

Expected Results:  should go to bob@bbsrc

Additional info:
Comment 1 Thomas Woerner 2006-07-14 09:50:02 EDT
The mail gets delivered to the configured user, but the message is that ist is
getting to root, which is ok. The delivering to the aliased user is done in the

Closing as "NOT A BUG".

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