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Old 09-03-2006, 11:28 AM   #1
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Problem getting Sendmail loaded after package installation

While not new to linux, I'm trying to get sendmail working so I can host my own mail server. I installed a minimal slackware 10.0, and I'm adding packages as I go so I can learn.

I've installed the latest Sendmail package from the site along with the "no-arch" (if someone knows what this means let me know) package with upgradepkg. Since the sendmail package said procmail was required I downloaded and installed that too.

I'm guessing here that scripts get started in rc.M, but when I issue a 'top' command no sendmail process is running. When I issue the command ./sendmail.rc start I get the following:

Starting sendmail MTA daemon: /usr/sbin/sendmail -L sm-mta -bd -q25m
451 4.0.0 can not chdir(/var/spool/mqueue/): No such file or directory
Starting sendmail MSP queue runner: /usr/sbin/sendmail -L sm-msp-queue -Ac -q25m
can not chdir(/var/spool/clientmqueue/): No such file or directory

What am I missing?
Old 09-03-2006, 03:08 PM   #2
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Slackware 10.0 is a tad outdated. You're wise to upgrade to a recent sendmail release, but I hope you took the package from the slackware-10.0/patches/packages directory and not from slackware-current?

The "noarch" package contains the necessary configuration files for Sendmail. "Noarch" means the package does not depend on a certain processor architecture, but can be installed on any computer.

Something does not seem right after installing your sendmail package - the /var/spool/mqueue and /var/spool/clientmqueue directories (these two appear in the error messages) should have been created.

Try creating them yourself:
mkdir -p /var/spool/mqueue
chown root:mail /var/spool/mqueue
chmod 700 /var/spool/mqueue

mkdir -p /var/spool/clientmqueue
chown smmsp:smmsp /var/spool/clientmqueue
chmod 770 /var/spool/clientmqueue
Old 09-03-2006, 03:49 PM   #3
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Thanks, that was quick. I did a search and came up with the same results. I was going to ask about the permissions for mqueue. (Yes I did get sendmail from the patches directory).
Old 09-03-2006, 04:05 PM   #4
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... OK, I have my domain name MX record set, how to I test that sendmail is working ?


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