Bug 86005 - /etc/init.d/sendmail uses default "make" target
/etc/init.d/sendmail uses default "make" target
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: sendmail (Show other bugs)
All Linux
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Assigned To: Florian La Roche
David Lawrence
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Reported: 2003-03-11 23:09 EST by H. Peter Anvin
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:51 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-03-26 05:33:38 EST
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Sample site-specific Makefile (1.55 KB, text/plain)
2003-03-11 23:11 EST, H. Peter Anvin
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Description H. Peter Anvin 2003-03-11 23:09:53 EST
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.3b) Gecko/20030211

Description of problem:
It is quite common practice to have /etc/mail/Makefile build site-specific
configurations, e.g. antispam access control lists.  It's very convenient for
the system administrator if a simple "make" can rebuild all these files and
restart sendmail.

Unfortunately, in recent RedHat versions the sendmail startup script calls "make
-s" in /etc/mail, resulting in an infinite loop.

I would like to strongly recommend that the startup scripts use a named target
instead (I use the name "auto") and leave the default target for use by the
system administrator.

This is a RedHat concern, because this requires a small change to the standard
init scripts, lest every time sendmail is updated because of a security hole the
sysadmin has to go in and patch the startup script again.

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the attached Makefile as /etc/mail/Makefile
2. Type "make"


Actual Results:  Infinite loop

Expected Results:  The files should have been constructed and sendmail restarted.

Additional info:

See also bug 85875.
Comment 1 H. Peter Anvin 2003-03-11 23:11:31 EST
Created attachment 90569 [details]
Sample site-specific Makefile

RedHat may want to steal some ideas from this script, in particular the "stop",
"start" and "restart" targets are handy.
Comment 2 Florian La Roche 2003-03-26 05:33:38 EST
I have change the startup script to use the target "all" and added
start/stop/restart targets


Florian La Roche

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