Mailing List SIMS@stalker.com Message #6300
From: Bill Cole <listbill@scconsult.com>
Subject: Re: [OT] Getting rid of Sendmail
Date: Fri, 23 Jun 2000 18:41:59 -0400
To: SIMS Discussions <SIMS@mail.stalker.com>
At 6:28 PM -0400 6/23/00, Stefan Jeglinski  imposed structure on a stream
of electrons, yielding:
>>Um... not really.  sendmail will restart the instant someone tries to send
>>an email.  Try it, kill sendmail, then type `mail bozo@hotmail.com` and you
>>will see sendmail up and running; at least long enough to send the
>>email.  If you really want to disable sendmail you will have to actually
>>turn it off.
>
>I did not know that. Thanks for the tip. But surely there is a way to
>stop this as well without removing sendmail from the system.

That is actually not a problem. when run that way sendmail is not
listening for connections, only sending out the one messages.

In fact, if you DO have a machine that ever has to send mail you probably
should be running sendmail regularly as a delivery agent out of cron. When
sending fails for possibly transient reasons, sendmail drops the mail in a
queue for later processing. If sendmail is not running as a daemon, it
never retries the queue. Ever. You never get a bounce either. unless a
machine is never supposed to send mail outbound, it should regularly use
something to check and run the queue.


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Bill Cole
MAPS L.L.C. Consulting Services Group
wkc@mail-abuse.org (work)
bill@scconsult.com (personal)
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