Sendmail 8.9.1a & AIX 4.2/4.3

Sendmail 8.9.1a & AIX 4.2/4.3

Post by Kent Hooke » Wed, 18 Nov 1998 04:00:00

Greetings, Sendmail gurus:

I'm having a very frustrating time getting Sendmail 8.9.1 with the patch

to work properly.  I obtained the dist and patch from,
got the latest m4 compiler and patch program and applied them, and
8.9.1a successfully.

Behaviour:  It starts as a daemon without complaint, and doesn't relay.
will accept locally composed mail and send it outbound.  However, it
will not
accept mail originating either from outside for a legit inside user, nor
will it
accept mail originating from inside to another inside user.

The error Postmaster receives is:
   ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
Cannot give this flag and people to send to.

I've been thru all the dejanews postings on this, and through the
Sendmail FAQ and
comp.unix.aix faq.  All the sendmail FAQ says is that the internal
mailer is not
accepting the hand-off of the mail Sendmail is receiving.  However, I've
the that was generated, and it's virtually identical to the
standard AIX in calling /bin/bellmail and passing off the same arguments.

Mailq and newaliases work without complaint.  Anyone have any
esp. those of  you at  Any hints greatly appreciated!

Kent *, Sr. Systems Programmer, Unix Support & Systems Admin.
Division of Information Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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1. Solaris 2.6 NIS /sendmail 8.9.1a aliases problem -- fyi

Greetings.  I thought I would pass this on.  Having recently upgraded
everything in sight I discovered that my NIS server could no longer make
the mail.aliases NIS maps.  Apparently the "sendmail -bi" line in the
NIS Makefile was creating a NEWDB database file,and "mkalias" couldn't
understand it.  At least, that is what it looked like was happening.
This was 'corrupting' the yp map data base and basically breaking

I got a tip from the Sun bug report 1262695, and changed my
/var/yp/Makefile to read as the following, and now it works.
(By the way, beware of cut/paste breaking the lines if you copy this
using cut & paste!)

aliases.time: $(ALIASES)

 $(MKALIAS) $(YPDBDIR)/$(DOM)/mail.aliases

Department of Computer Science                          504-280-7190
University of New Orleans                               504-280-7228
New Orleans, LA  70148                                  504-723-6953

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