Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 73395
sendmail configuration is not installed by default
Last modified: 2007-04-18 12:46:19 EDT
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Description of problem:
During a fresh installation from CD-ROM, I select the "Mail server" set of
packages for installation, but the sendmail-cf package is not installed. In
order to have this package installed, I must select it manually from the list
of all available packages. Since sendmail-cf is required in order to configure
sendmail, this is, to say the least, unexpected behavior.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Boot from the Red Hat Linux BETA cd-rom and run "linux text" for a text-
2. Follow the on-screen instructions until you arrive at the screen where you
select package groups
3. Make sure "Mail server" is checked.
4. Continue with installation.
5. Boot up and attempt to reconfigure sendmail.
Actual Results: I found that the m4 utility used to turn sendmail.cf into
sendmail.mc was not installed, and that because of this I could not
Expected Results: sendmail-cf should have been installed by default, allowing
the user to reconfigure sendmail if so desired. To the best of my knowledge,
past versions of Red Hat Linux have all offered this functionality by default
when installing a mail server.
The problem is, of course, easily fixable by simply installing the sendmail-cf
package... but this seems rather counter-intuitive, as it goes against past
behavior and really shouldn't be necessary.
I have enabled this rpm for the mail server selection for future products.
Thanks a lot for your feedback,
Florian La Roche