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Old 12-26-2002, 01:46 AM   #1
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Sendmail /etc/mail/virtusertable not created

Hi everybody,
I'm using Sun Enterprise 250 machine, installed with Solaris 8. Recently I downloaded the latest version of sendmail (which is sendmail-8.12.6 ) , and compiled it with this command:

./Build NROFF=nroff MANDOC= install

This ran without a problem. Then i edited my (which is ) file like so:

VERSIONID(`$Id:,v 8.13 2001/06/27 21:46:30 gshapiro Exp $')
FEATURE(virtusertable, 'dbm /etc/mail/virtusertable')dnl

Then I ran ./Build

This also ran without a hitch. Then I went about following the steps in this how-to:

Evertyhing was ok, or so I thought. But when I ran this command:

makemap /etc/mail/virtusertable < virtusertable.txt

I found out that the /etc/mail/virtualusertable file was not created! Hmm..funny. The virtusertable.txt file is where i put in my virtual user table (since I plan to do virtual hosting). But I fear because of the nonexistent /etc/mail/virtusertable, it wouldnt work. I was right. When I ran this command to test it:

sendmail -bt

Then I typed in this command:

> /map virtuser

I got this error message:

dbm map "virtuser": missing map file /etc/mail/virtusertable''
map_lookup: virtuser ( no match (75)

What's the problem? I think I've followed the instruction quite clearly ( the keyword is ' i think' )...i dont understand. How come my /etc/mail/virtusertable is not created? Even when I created it manually, i still got the same error..


Old 12-28-2002, 12:07 PM   #2
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Are you running makemap from the same directory as your virtuser.txt file?
Old 10-02-2003, 03:30 PM   #3
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Hi katana,

I have the same problem. I have just installed sendamil on a debian box and I can't seem to find/make a virtusertable. Did you ever solve your problem. If so, how did you do it.


Old 03-01-2004, 10:54 AM   #4
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I'm having a similar problem on _both_ my Red Hat 9.0 boxes. When I run makemap hash file > file on either box, the process hangs. No activity from the process in top, but it can be killed and/or Ctrl-C'd out. Don't think it would take more than a blink to makemap a two line file with a 2.6 GHz P-4 w/ HT

Anybody else running into this problem?

Chris Van Brederode
Old 03-01-2004, 12:19 PM   #5
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Been A while

Sorry but I probably can't help much because I brought a guy in to fix my server problems. Sometimes it is just easer that way.

Have you had mail working at all, ever? Or is this a fresh install of red hat?

I had just installed a new version of Debian when I learned that I had to put all server mail components together manually. Like qpopper, sendmail mail, berkly db. Pain in the ass I tell ya!



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