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  Update to Mac OS X Terminal, Part 3
Subject:   Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start
Date:   2002-06-14 13:38:17
From:   nirs
Response to: Sendmail takes 3 minutes to start

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.