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Old 05-03-2002, 09:27 AM   #1
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Question Sendmail is so slow to start!

Well I seem to have done something, actually I installed the POP3/IMAP RPM for RH7.2...

And now when Linux boots it stops on the Starting Sendmail line for like 3 minutes then continues on like nothing is wrong. Everything works fine except when I have to restart Sendmail it does the customary 3 minute wait each time!

Any ideas why installing that RPM would slow down Sendmail's start time?
Old 05-03-2002, 01:08 PM   #2
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Name resolution problem?

Not sure what the POP/IMAP RPM had to do with it, but slow sendmail starts normally stem from name resolution problems. Is your machine's local hostname in /etc/hosts or valid in your DNS config?
Old 05-03-2002, 03:23 PM   #3
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my local host name is in the /etc/hosts

but I am not sure what you mean by the DNS config (newbie)

could you perhaps expand on that....

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yeah that's quite a common problem...

check the output of /etc/mail/error.log or similar after starting it andit should make some comments about being unable to find the host.. waitign 60 seconds... or something like that. you need to ensure that /etc/hosts is right, and also /etc/mail/access (i think.. it's something in the dir) contains the right ip/name pair for your system


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