Help! I broke my sendmail

Sebastian Taralunga seba at
Wed Apr 12 10:08:00 EDT 2000

Please try to see if sendmail is actualy working. Try:

 ps ax|grep sendmail 

If it does, please check the logs to see if anything is
unusual. If not running, try to see whether it's something
wrong with the binary or with any of the configuration files
(corupted during reboot). 

However, the local mail is not handled usually by sendmail
but rather by procmail or some other program. Try a: 

grep ^Mlocal /etc/ 

to find out who is doing the job, and then make sure the
procmail wasn't corrupted.. You might need to reinstall

Write me if you need more details/help, 


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On Tue, 11 Apr 2000, Janina Sajka wrote:

> Now I'm stuck! <grin>
> I had a working sendmail until I forgot I was in Linux and pulled a floppy
> too soon. Everything froze--all consoles--and Ctrl-Alt-Del did nothing. I
> forced a reboot.
> Everything came back -- after a fsck on /var by hand -- except sendmail
> delivery. I can see the messages all neatly lined up in queu--but don't
> know how to get sendmail to drop them in /var/spool/mail/janina. Looks
> like it doesn't know me anymore.
> Locally generated mail gets to the spool file fine -- like reports from
> cron, messages from root, etc. Just nothing that's slurped in over pop3
> goes any further than the sendmail queu -- and there are no errors in
> /var/log/maillog -- just a neat report of mail sitting in a queu.
> Outbound smtp is A-OK.
> I've turned off the slurp straw--so any advice will actually reach
> me. And, I'll be very grateful. So far, man, the pages, and
> the howto's haven't given me the magic answer. All advice will be much
> appreciated.
> Thanks in advance.
> -- 
> 				Janina Sajka, Director
> 				Information Systems Research & Development
> 				American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)
> janina at
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