Re: Sendmail takes ages to start at bootup

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--- John Summerfield <[email protected]> wrote:

> Bob Kinney wrote:
> > --- John Summerfield <[email protected]> wrote:
> > 
> >> Simon Slater wrote:
> >>> 	Hi all,
> >>>
> >>> 		Just a question to satisfy my curiosity.  When booting sendmail takes
> >>> a very long time to start.  This happens in FC6 but even longer in F7 on
> >>> a new laptop.  I'm watching it now and its been 7 minutes so far.  Done!
> >>> Sendmail finished in 9 minutes and now sm-client ... is ... finished
> >>> in ... 4 minutes.  The rest boots quite quickly, less than 2 minutes for
> >>> everything else.  All mail is done through another box.  This is not a
> >>> problem, allows plenty of time to make some tea and get a slice of cake.
> >>>
> >> If you ever get tired of the opportunity to have morning tea and a 
> >> natter while the computer gets started, you might get around to checking 
> >> that networking is starting properly, you have fully functioning DNS or 
> >>   an alternative.
> >>
> >> -- 
> >>
> >> Cheers
> >> John
> > 
> > I have had that problem, too.  It seems that sendmail requires a complete
> > hostname (with a domain) and sort of sits on its hands for a long time
> > before timing out and continuing.
> > 
> > So in my case, I named the computer "name.localdomain", and updated the
> entry
> > in /etc/hosts for my machine to 
> > 127.0.0.1   name.localdomain name localhost.localdomain localhost
> > where the last 3 items are aliases and thus will work for probably any
> > program's needs.
> 
> except sending mail to other (especially remote) that expect the sender 
> to comply with appropriate RFCs. If, on connecting to your sendmail 
> using telnet, it announces itself as "localhost" then it's broken.
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
> 
> Cheers
> John
> 


[[email protected] ~]$ telnet localhost 25
Trying 127.0.0.1...
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 otis.localdomain ESMTP Sendmail 8.14.1/8.14.1; Sun, 16 Dec 2007 17:51:51
-0600
HELO
501 5.0.0 HELO requires domain address

The point is understood if you are running a public mail service, but I
don't think mine's "broken."




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