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Old 07-08-2004, 03:00 PM   #1
dirken
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Unhappy sendmail takes minutes to start


After playing around with my Fritz PCMCIA Card - configuring a connection and removing it afterwards - two symptoms appear at boot time:
- loading of ISDN modules fails
- sendmail and sm-client take about 2 minutes to boot.
Was supecting that some timeout in name resolution was the point and had a look at the hosts. Strangely the localhost entry was gone. Added it but it didn't help.
After playing around I see that when I configure a domain name to my box, sendmail starts smoothly. Yet, KDE/GNOME have problems because they cannot resolv the name (my box obviously is not registered in any DNS domain).

I am wondering now how to start sendmail/smtpd in debugging mode, to find out why it takes so long to start.

Any hints are welcome, even RTFMs if you tell me where to find those hints...
 
Old 07-08-2004, 04:43 PM   #2
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What do you have in your /etc/resolv.conf? Adding your hostname inside should help. Example entry:
Code:
127.0.0.1               localhost
Sendmail warinings/errors should be in a log file (probably in /var/log/messages).
 
Old 07-09-2004, 07:53 AM   #3
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Hi Mara,
as far as I know the resolv.conf has entries for resolution order (bind, hosts) and the IPs of the name servers. In my /etc/hosts I have the entry for localhost, as I posted.
Strange thing is, there is no logging entry in /var/log/messages and nothing in the bootlog. Yet, in the bootlog I can see the 2 minutes it takes to start sendmail by the timestamp that is registered.
It is exactly for this lack of information in the logs that I was requesting hints for starting sendmail in some kind of debug mode...
Cheers
Dirk
 
Old 07-09-2004, 05:03 PM   #4
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Try to add -v (or even -vv etc) to the sedmail staring script in the line it's executed. -v is for verbose mode.
 
Old 07-09-2004, 05:09 PM   #5
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Yeah this kind of error is 9/10 times (10/10?) down to some form of netowrk resolution issue. I caused it plenty of times when i used to use sendmail.
 
  


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