[lug] Newbie having problem with sendmail

John Starkey jstarkey at polaris.umuc.edu
Thu Feb 10 08:52:31 MST 2000

Sendmail should time out after a few minutes and boot will continue. If you wait
for it you can disable sendmail in the runlevel you normally boot to.


Calvin Dodge wrote:

> Rob wrote:
> >
> > installation).  I've been having problems with resolving names
> > external to my small home network.  So last night I had intended to
> > log on and use nslookup to try and troubleshoot the problem.
> > Anyway that will have to wait since my machine does not even boot,
> > it stops while attempting to start sendmail after entering run level 3.  I
> Sendmail probably can't figure out what your computer name is.
> > can boot at run level 1.  Your suggestions for troubleshooting this
> > problem would be greatly appreciated.
> First, I'd turn off sendmail (at least temporarily).  Boot to run level 1, then
> type "chkconfig --del sendmail" or use linuxconf to turn it off.
> After that you _should_ be able to boot up to run level 3.
> I believe your simplest method of fixing sendmail is to put an entry in your
> /etc/hosts file - something like " mailserver" (or whatever you call
> your computer).
> Re DNS: do you have a nameserver set up in that or another computer?  If you're
> not using DNS to resolve computer names on your local network (for a small
> network you can use /etc/hosts on Linux and c:\windows\hosts on Winders), then
> just:
> 1) install "bind" and "caching-nameserver" (both are in RPM files on your
> install CD)
> 2) make sure named will be turned on automatically ("chkconfig --add named")
> 3) set your local computers to use the DNS services you just installed
> (/etc/resolv.conf on Linux, "TCP/IP Properties:DNS Configuration" in Windows)
> That _should_ be all you need.
> (I welcome any corrections from people who REALLY know these subjects)
> Calvin
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