sendmail[xxx]: problem creating SMTP socket

sendmail[xxx]: problem creating SMTP socket

Post by Kari E. Hurt » Thu, 30 Mar 1995 16:17:36

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?I am currently running Linux (kernel 1.2.0) an have recently installed the
?binary release of sendmail-8.6.11.  It was compiled under Linux 1.1.91,
?gcc-2.5.8, with libc-4.5.26 .

?All symbolic links ARE pointing to sendmail (not smail as was pre-installed),
?and my file is one I have used before.    My rc.d/rc.inet2 script

?      ...................stuff.............
?      if [ -f /usr/lib/sendmail ] ; then
?        (cd /usr/spool/mqueue; rm -f lf*)
?        /usr/lib/sendmail -bd -q1h; echo -n ' sendmail' > /dev/console

[ Not relevant -- but I think that more trutfull starting command is
  in generally:
        /usr/lib/sendmail -bd -q1h && echo -n ' sendmail' > /dev/console
  Depends of personal taste perhaps :-)

?      fi
?      ...................more stuff................

?/etc/services includes:
?      smtp          25/tcp         mail

This si correct value.

?telnet into localhost on port 25 results in (I can't even give it a DEBUG!):

?      Trying
?      Connected to
?       Escape character is '^]'.
?      Connection closed by foreign host.

?Immediately on the console, I get the following error message:

?      Date Time Host sendmail[143]: starting daemon (8.6.11):  SMTP

I think that message should be:

because your starting command was:
        /usr/lib/sendmail -bd -q1h      

This message should be come already before you try connect to sendmail.
What messages you get when you start sendmail and wait 5 minutes before
you try: telnet localhost smtp

That way we get information which messages is assoistaed to starting to
sendmail and which messages is associated to connection to sendmail.

?      Date Time Host sendmail[143]: problem creating SMTP socket
?      Date Time Host   last message repeated...........
?      ...................................

Are you sure that there ISN'T line for smtp in /etc/inetd.conf -- If there is
line like
smtp    stream  tcp     nowait  root    /usr/lib/sendmail       sendmail -bs
in /etc/inetd.conf -- REMOVE it (and then send SIGHUP to inetd) --
both inetd and sendmail can't listen smtp socket in same time !!

?Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I've checked in the Nutshell Book but
?only the rather obscure error messages are listed.....

Seems that you have some problem in linux setup. I think that readers of
comp.os.linux.setup can give better help.

To me this not show sendmail specific problem.

[ Comment cc'ed to questioner. ]
- Kari E. Hurtta                             /  El?m? on monimutkaista


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