On Fri, 25 Jul 2003, Constantine wrote:

> Hello,
> I have a FreeBSD 4.8 box, I run it for my local small home network  I
> use it as a router. My DSL-modem has a NAT feature, and FreeBSD does not
> have any routable ip-address, only the modem does.
> My sendmail always complains about the domain name every time I start my
> FreeBSD, and the system is hanging for 2 minutes, until the sendmail
> finally starts. What I want to do, is to keep my own sendmail (I use it
> as my smtp-server), but I do not want the system to wait 2 minutes until
> the sendmail starts. What can I do?


Well, do the following:

in /etc/hosts, enter your domain name.

then, edit the file: /etc/mail/service.switch (or the corresponding file
location defined in sendmail.cf) with the values :
files dns

to make sendmail first look in /etc/hosts and then try to resolve via

Alternatively, in sendmail.cf there is the option to specify the own
host name in case sendmail cannot determine it automagically.

BTW: sendmail wants some FQDN, like cnts.local or something. Missing
dots are iritating to sendmail.


Olaf Hoyer        [EMAIL PROTECTED]
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(Nietzsche, Jenseits von Gut und Boese)

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