Well, I've tried doing a search on Google, never came up with any
promising answers.... I know I had this problem before, I think, and
fixed it, but now I cant find the solution...
I used to have a computer running linux, providing masquerading proxy
connection to the internet, over a 56k dial up leased line, to two
While the box was offline, you were able to send mail to the sendmail
daemon for queueing up and later delivery.
That was a couple years ago. Im trying setup the box, trying to
duplicate things from memory, and it seems that Sendmail/Named are
conflicting. With Named running, Sendmail will try and do DNS lookups
through named... but of course, no connection, DNS cannot ask the
internet... Without it running, Sendmail will just queue the mail.
Well that's what I want. I want sendmail to queue the email while the
box is offline, but when online, send all mail in queue (presumably from
the ip-up script), but also do DNS lookups to send mail directly rather
than through a smart host... It would also be nice, that while online,
sendmail can send any outgoing mail straight away.
Any ideas on how I can make sendmail work like this (but preferably not
by modifying DNS)?
I also want to run my own DNS nameserver... But again while the box is
offline, and no modem attached, you do an nslookup on say yahoo.com, and
it just waits... can I get DNS to timeout a bit quicker?
Perhaps getting DNS to timeout a bit quicker while the box is offline
would fix the sendmail problem, but if for any other reason DNS cannot
find the name straight away, I dont want sendmail to wait there for
several minutes. I'll get my dad complaining you see, I just want it to
queue mail, and look up DNS in the background, and send mail in the
I have a basic sendmail setup now, and my zones in named setup... with
any luck, once connected to the internet, it should soon be caching...
just the sendmail/dns/timeout issue...
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