Subject: Re: new sendmail spooling and dns
To: Pavel Cahyna <>
From: Andrew Brown <>
List: current-users
Date: 03/31/2003 12:42:51
>> you're getting the dns timeout because you're off-line.  when you're
>> off-line, sendmail can't look up (or verify) the existence of the
>> address to which (or from which) you are sending the mail, so it stays
>> in the client queue.  when you go back on-line, then the dns lookups
>> can work again, so the queue can be flushed.
>> this is perfectly normal behavior.
>So, you need DNS working even for the local mail delivery from cron to
>root? Doesn't seem to be good.

not at all.  i get my daily output regardless of connectivity issues.
it's important to note the headers of the "after" message that were

>From Sun Mar 30 03:17:04 2003
>Return-Path: <>
>Received: from (localhost [])
>       by (8.12.8/8.12.8) with ESMTP id h2U8H41R002829
>       for <>; Sun, 30 Mar 2003 03:17:04 -0500 (EST)
>Received: (from root@localhost)
>       by (8.12.8/8.12.8/Submit) id h2U8F0HU000663;
>       Sun, 30 Mar 2003 03:15:00 -0500 (EST)
>Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 03:15:00 -0500 (EST)
>From: Charlie Root <>
>Message-Id: <>

apparently the host knows itself as, yet the daily
report was coming from

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