Bug 71906 - email sent via "/usr/sbin/sendmail" fails to get sent.
email sent via "/usr/sbin/sendmail" fails to get sent.
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Florian La Roche
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2002-08-20 00:54 EDT by Douglas Kilpatrick
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:45 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2002-08-30 04:09:43 EDT
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Description Douglas Kilpatrick 2002-08-20 00:54:25 EDT
Description of Problem:  
Outgoing email fails to go: client spool manager fails to connect to sendmail  
on localhost.  
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):  
How Reproducible:  
Very, for me.  Box needs to be networked, of course, and shouold probally have  
a static IP address (its a "real IP" vs. issue)  
Steps to Reproduce:  
1. Use mailx to send mail message off box  
Actual Results:  
Mail message gets stuck in /var/spool/clientmqueue  
Expected Results:  
Mail message gets sent.  
Additional Information:  
Stupid extra dot...  One part of sendmail is apparently trying to connect to  
"hawke.oppositelock.org.:25"  Notice the "." after org.  That dot is all good  
and proper, except that the default install didn't include  
"hawke.oppositelock.org." as a name for in /etc/hosts.  
As a result, the client side looks up that name, finds it as my external IP  
address, and attempts to connect to it, which fails (of course) as sendmail is  
not listening on the external IP address by default.  
Quick hack to get my email out: added hawke.oppositelock.org. to /etc/hosts.
Comment 1 Charles R. Tersteeg 2002-08-22 20:21:57 EDT
i had this happen on my laptop which gets it's ip via dhcp.  hostname is
specified locally.

my /etc/hosts file looks like this:          foo.bar.org foo localhost.localdomain localhost

note the last alias with trailing period: localhost.bar.org.; i had to add this
to make it work.
Comment 2 Florian La Roche 2002-12-02 10:20:40 EST
The newest rawhide version should have this fixed with the default setup.
Please reopen if that does not work for you.
http://people.redhat.com/laroche/ also has the newest rpm available.

Thanks a lot,

Florian La Roche

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