Bug 486810 - A line containing just a space in sendmail.cf prevents sendmail from starting
A line containing just a space in sendmail.cf prevents sendmail from starting
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Miroslav Lichvar
Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
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Reported: 2009-02-22 02:26 EST by Penelope Fudd
Modified: 2009-12-18 03:00 EST (History)
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Description Penelope Fudd 2009-02-22 02:26:47 EST
Description of problem:
A line containing just a space will cause sendmail to not start.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. vi /etc/mail/sendmail.cf
2. Insert a space on a blank line
3. service sendmail restart
Actual results:
Starting sendmail: 554 5.0.0 /etc/mail/sendmail.cf: line 45: unknown configuration line "

Expected results:
Starting sendmail:                                         [  OK  ]

Additional info:
The problem was triggered by having a space before a 'dnl' at the end of a line:

FEATURE(`dnsbl',`dnsbl.njabl.org',`Message from $&{client_addr} rejected - see http://njabl.org/lookup?$&{client_addr}') dnl 

The space before the last word gets copied to sendmail.cf as a space on a blank line.

I always knew that sendmail was touchy about its line-noise-inspired configuration file, but choking on a blank line is a little extreme!
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