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Old 07-28-2003, 09:17 PM   #1
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Sendmail Confit - Wits End

I have Sendmail 8.12.9 on a FreeBSD box. We have a free dedicated server donated by a benefactor and hosted at a local ISP. They like FreeBSD and it has worked well for the hosting.

They have a screwy mail setup where our site is hosted on our dedicated box XXXXXXXXXXX and the mail is hosted on a shared box just resolved to

Trying to sendmail out of the XXXXXXXXXX (the webserver) works fine as long as it's not a whatever. com email address, in which case it tries to queue it for local delivery instead of forwarding it to XXXXXXXXXXX (the mail server)

Any ideas?

EDIT: Besides the STUPID requirement that you have to have 5 posts before posting a URL, which pretty much screws ANY use of an example?

Bad call admins.
Old 07-28-2003, 09:58 PM   #2
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You might need to configure a transport map. If you're using postfix, the file of interest is /etc/postfix/transport.
Old 07-29-2003, 08:58 AM   #3
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I am not using Postfix, just a basic sendmail install.

I have tried /etc/hosts entries, changing the hostname of the machine, mailertable entries ... all no good.

To recap, the webserver is \/\/\/\/\/\/ and the 'real' mail sever is

when I do a host localhost on \/\/\/\/\/\/ I get:

www# host localhost has address
I am unsure where this is coming from. The hostname on this machine is \/\/\/\/\/\/ and it's that way in rc.conf too.

When I try to send mail from \/\/\/\/\/\/ to * sendmail tries to connect to, which resolves back to the web server, not the smtp server where all the mail accounts are located.

I have been dealing with this issue for a couple of years. If there are any ideas I sure would appreciate them.
Old 07-29-2003, 09:18 AM   #4
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perhaps your sendmail ( is configured to accept mails for
Old 07-29-2003, 08:57 PM   #5
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To see how the address is getting handled,
do the following test

$ sendmail -v
this is a test to

and see what the verbose output reveals.


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