Re: stupid sendmail

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At 12:18 PM +0200 10/13/07, Alexander Volovics wrote:
>On Sat, Oct 13, 2007 at 05:45:14PM +0800, John Summerfield wrote:
>
>> Sendmail deduces the from: user's email address from the domain name of
>> the system. I am sure that it can be set properly in
>> /etc/mail/sendmail.*, but being a postfix user I don't care to check.
>> However, postfix also needs to be configured: on my desktop whose
>> hostname is numbat.demo.lan, mail sent with the mail command isn't
>> accessible outside my LAN because sensible folk reject/discard email
>> from domains they can't resolve.
>
>> Note that the mail command does little more than pretty-up the email and
>> feed it into sendmail's stdin. The beautification doesn't extend to
>> setting the from: address. cron simply used the mail command to send email.
>
>I too configure postfix to handle local mail that does not get
>outside my home network. But postfix does not come as the default
>MTA, sendmail does!
>
>So I would have expected either a release note on how to
>configure sendmail to allow local mail delivery (ie cron/anacron/mail)
>to function smoothly or a default configuration that already
>included this setup.
>Most newbies will end up being on 'localhost.localdomain'.
>
>The default is rather sloppy in my opinion.

The default config for Sendmail allows local delivery of mail to user
accounts, so root's mail is delivered to root.  You changed something so
that it stopped working.  Probably it has something to do with your
hostname.
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