Two questions about sendmail(8)

Frank W. Josellis frank at
Thu Dec 20 13:48:19 PST 2007

I have encountered unexpected difficulties with sendmail (on both HEAD and 
1_10_Slip). Possibly I have missed something new, I'm not sure if all this 
is a bug. First, is the well-known method to rebuild sendmail, i.e.,

cd /usr/src/usr.sbin/sendmail
make cleandir
make obj

still supposed to work? If so, there is problem linking the binary:
*** Error code 1

Stop in /usr/src/usr.sbin/sendmail.

Secondly, sendmail 8.14.x refuses connections from hosts in the local net. 
Messages from localhost are processed normally, but a connection from a 
remote host only gives a syslog message like this:
Dec 20 18:19:00 <hostname> kernel: pid 63229 (sendmail), uid 0: exited on signal 11
For example, it is sufficient to do a 'nc -z <hostname> 25' on a remote 
machine to get this. The same can be observed for sendmail 8.14.2 from 
pkgsrc. On the other hand, sendmail 8.13.8 (from pkgsrc) with the the 
identical(!) mailer configuration has no problems at all and shows normal 
operation. Any idea what's going wrong here?

Frank Josellis

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