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paul.nel 02-08-2004 12:26 PM

Sendmail takes forever to start up
For some strange reason my sendmail and sm-client services on my rh9 box have all of a sudden decided to take at least 5 -7 minutes to start up on boot. It is not any faster when I restart the service once up and running. This makes my machine a pain to reboot and I could really do with out this wait. Any ideas?


acid_kewpie 02-08-2004 12:30 PM

this is very likely due to you have changed or otherwise affected your host name, ensure that you have a valid setup for /etc/hosts and after sendmail starts check the /var/log/messages content for the host name it is trying to find.

paul.nel 02-08-2004 12:43 PM

Thanks Chris. You can be my hero for today. My server was struggling to find itself and the problem was indeed in the /etc/hosts file.


paul.nel 01-28-2005 01:17 PM

This is a late reply to this post but just for record's sake. Make sure that the line localhost.localdomain hostname

is the first entry in your /etc/hosts file. If not, sendmail takes forever to find it.


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