>I've got Sendmail 8.7 installed on this here machine, and for some reason,
>it takes a LONG time (30+ seconds) for the sendmail daemon to start up.
>It's like it's looking for something, can't find it, times out, and then
When I hear about delays like this I always, always suspect
DNS timeouts. Check to see how long a host lookup takes for
hostnames mentioned in the .cf file (in particular, localhost
or the hostname of the system on which sendmail 8.7 is running).
You might use a tool like dig or nslookup. I like dig as it
reports time spent. If it is a delay then check out the order
of hostnames in /etc/resolv.conf. Perhaps you are aiming at
a non-functional DNS server.
And I suggest in the future when you ask questions like this
you also include (at the very least):
system type (sparc, hppa)
OS and version
patches installed (if they seem relevant)
When the problem started (yesterday or 2 years ago?)
Of course that last paragraph is aimed at every seeker in
comp.unix.admin rather than just you!
Quentin Fennessy AMD, Austin Texas