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  Update to Mac OS X Terminal, Part 3
Subject:   Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start
Date:   2002-06-10 11:44:06
From:   jimlongo

After following these instructions, when I reboot it takes 3 minutes for sendmail to start during the "blue bar part" of the bootup. I notice that there are two processes called sendmail running one owned by root and the other by smmsp(?).

It works afterwards, sending the cron reports, and also sending to some of my pop email accounts.
But mail is refused by mac.com accounts with the return message that "Real domain name required for sender address".

Many thanks.

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  • Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start
    2002-06-13 09:34:53  jiclark [View]

    I was just coming back to see if Chris had posted a response to any of our questions, and saw this topic. I, too, have noticed that "starting sendmail" now takes more than two minutes during startup on my Dual500/G4. This is a little frustrating, and makes me wonder if it's really necessary...

    Is there anything we can do to fix this???

    Thanks, John
    • Chris Stone photo Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start
      2002-06-13 12:29:17  Chris Stone | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

      I'm guessing this happens when sendmail is unable to resolve the domain name. I've suggested to some folks that they just revert their hostconfig file back to NO for mailserver, and see how that works. So far, for local only mail delivery , that seems to works OK.

      There're could be an issue, though, if both sendmail and your email client are trying send (use port 25) at the same time, so watch for that.

      Let us know how it goes for you...


      • Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start
        2002-06-17 10:16:58  jimlongo [View]

        Thanks Chris,

        Setting the mailserver to NO solves the startup issue.
        I can still send mail from the terminal to most POP accounts, so I'm not sure what functionality I have lost.

      • Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start
        2002-06-14 13:38:17  nirs [View]

        edit System/Library/Startupitems/Sendmail/Sendmail

        put & at the end of the sendmail command:
        /usr/sbin/sendmail -bd -q1h &

        this will start sendmil at the background. It can sit and try to resolve the domain name for few mintes but you will never know it.