Kenneth Tucker wrote:
mail :
drwxr-xr-x 8 root wheel 272 Jul 27 22:54 mail :
-rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 57504 Jul 14 2002

I don't know what the Fw prefix does but I looked into /etc/mail/local-host-names and it is empty.
"Fw" means add the contents of the file /etc/mail/local-host-names to class w, which is the set of names for which the machine should deliver mail locally.

As for the permissions problem, this is a collision between Mac user expectations about the / filesystem being writable by default (ie, so non-root users can create top-level directories if they please), and security. Apple configures sendmail to disregard this check, but it's probably better to do:

chmod go-w / /etc /etc/mail

[ Note that running the Apple Software Updater tends to reset these. ]


PS: Apologies for the off-topic reply. On the other hand, there exist Mac users who might run FreeBSD simply because it resembles Darwin.

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