The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Tuesday, June 06, 2000

“If you can't force it, source it!”

It seems that that latest version of sendmail doesn't like executing programs from /etc/aliases except if it's majordomo.

I'm helping my roommate Rob install some mailing list software. I use something other than majordomo which works for me and is rather simple to configure and use.

Only he's running Sendmail 8.9.3 and when we put the appropriate magic in /etc/aliases I keep getting back:

sh: mailserv not available for sendmail programs
554 "|/home/mailserv/bin/mailserv nnnnnnn-l request"... Service unavailable

Which is new to me.

So I'm downloading the source code to Sendmail to see why it's failing.

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