On Thu, Oct 19, 2006 at 12:54:02PM +0100, Jan Grant wrote: > On Wed, 18 Oct 2006, Gary Kline wrote: > > I would have suggested the DNS approach except that when I looked, > tao.thought.org didn't exist in your DNS (as an A record) and since ns1 > looked like a dialup account, I assumed you're using NAT.
thought.org has a slow IDSL link to my ISP, not a dialup. I read, then bot DNS AND BIND; here is what has worked since an early bind9. ; Machines for the thought.org domain ; ;name class type IP ; localhost IN A 127.0.0.1 ; ; Next I list my main host, which is my domain ; and mail, and web servers. ; ns1.thought.org. IN A 220.127.116.11 sage.thought.org. IN A 18.104.22.168 > > Your mailertable entry on ns1 should probably just read > > thought.org relay:tao.thought.org > or maybe > thought.org smtp:tao.thought.org Which is better? and why? Or are they equiv? > > and tao.thought.org should have "thought.org" in it's w class: that is, > sendmail.cw or local-whatever-the-file-is-called. I did have a "local-host-names", but then simply dropped the "w" Class into sendmail.cf. I do have "Cw thought.org" in the config file. I only have 4 or 5 Unix servers, (4 right now since one finally died:), so I simplified. Besides, I wasn't sure if the "local-host-names" required just the short hostname or the FQDN. > > You might need "makemap" to recreate the database from your plain file. Yes. > > I suspect that you have an alias set up on ns1 that you're fiddling > with. In order to get it to stick, you probably need to run > "newaliases". Since that's run on reboot if required, that'd explain > your reboot-to-reconfigure behaviour. I did have a commented-out kline -> [EMAIL PROTECTED]" in /etc/mail/aliases. I uncommented it yesterday, 18oct, I *did* run newaliases; when things STILL seemed to be misbehaving, I said something like "Bleep it!" and rebooted. # ## uncommented : 18oct06. # kline: [EMAIL PROTECTED] So I'm really not sure WHAT got mail to [EMAIL PROTECTED] going back to my original home machine, tao. > > Cheers, > jan > > PS. If sendmail config is such an arcane art (and it is, unless you do > it regularly) you might find there's mileage in installing an > alternative MTA. Well, "ethos" is Ubuntu and comes with postfix. Seems seriously better; but since mail is so utterly critical, I'm not touching anything until some wise mail guru is right here, holding my hand and sharing a jug of Jack Daniels!! gary > > -- > jan grant, ISYS, University of Bristol. http://www.bris.ac.uk/ > Tel +44 (0)117 3317661 http://ioctl.org/jan/ > Goth isn't dead, it's just lying very still and sucking its cheeks in. -- Gary Kline [EMAIL PROTECTED] www.thought.org Public service Unix _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"