sendmail on x86

sendmail on x86

Post by Sohail Zaf » Wed, 19 Apr 1995 04:00:00

Hi everyone,
    I don't know if I am posting to the right group or not so please
forgive me for this and for my ignorance of using sendmail. I connect
to my lab using ppp, so I defined mailhost as the mail server of our
lab. So, sending out mails is not a problem, as they get delivered to
the mailhost. My question is how to configure sendmail so that when
I turn on the computer it should establish a connection with the
mail server and get any new mail from it and keep polling it
with specified intervals.

I know that under windows there is something like this called Eudora.
Is something similar available for x86 or can I configure sendmail or
even uucp to do this. I would like to leave the mail on the server, just get
a copy of the new and/or old mail from the server. Note that the
server is running pop. Note that I want a solution which does not involve
my Lab system administrator!!!

Any help will be highy appreciated.

Sohail Zafar

Mathematics & Computer Science
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S Cass Ave.
Argonne IL 60439
Tel (708) 252-1842
Fax (708) 252-5986


1. Solaris x86 2.4 && firewall sendmail problem

Running Solaris x86 2.4 server on EISA box (3C579 NIC, Adaptec 2740
SCSI) and running SunSoft FireWall-1 v2.0.  Machine's only function is
firewall and mail relay for ~250 users.

Most messages are fine, but some (~100/day) are deferred with
"Connection timed out during client DATA 250 with <host>"

Only some hosts seem  to cause problem, no obvious common denominator --
some problem hosts are ESMTP, others Sun sendmail hosts, etc.

Problem goes away if I stop firewall.  On firewall restart, the *first*
problem message will go through, all others queued will hang same way.
However, it appears that all messages to that same first host will now
go through.

Applied Recommended patches, including 102064-10 sendmail patch for OS
and 103336-05 for firewall, no change.

Any ideas?


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