Restatement of the problem:
This problem involves the "4.1 pre-release" sendmail running on
SunOS 4.0.3 on assorted Sun-3 systems.
After reading about the alleged security problems in Sun 4.0.3
sendmail, I snarfed the 4.1 pre-release sendmail from
uunet.uu.net. Trouble is, the new sendmail doesn't find my YP
mail aliases (it DOES find the aliases in my ~/.aliases file).
First of all, the quick fix that saved me:
email@example.com ( Richard L. Kruse II)
You probably already know this, but you might wish to check
your sendmail.cf, and make sure it knows which alias file to
check. You should check /var/yp/Makefile to make sure the two
# location of alias file
ALIASES = /etc/aliases
Sure enough, I had OA/usr/lib/aliases in my sendmail.cf. Apparently
the 4.1 sendmail actually looks at the alias file, instead of just
checking with YP. Since all my clients use the same aliases, I just
moved the alias file back to /usr/lib and put symbolic links to it in
all the /etc's. Things work fine now.
Honorable mention to:
drk@Rational.COM (David Kaelbling)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Scott McMahon)
who both reported observing the same behavior I did.
email@example.com (Bobby Bodenheimer)
who did NOT encounter the broken aliases on a 4/260.
firstname.lastname@example.org (Daniel Trinkle)
email@example.com (Stan Barber)
who recommended I run sendmail 5.61 with Stan's patches.
In case anyone else wants to try this, the source for sendmail
5.61 is available in
and the patches are in
halstern@Sun.COM (Hal Stern - SysAdmin)
who asked me to keep him posted on what I found out (Sun IS
# Jim Frew | firstname.lastname@example.org | Computer Systems Lab., UCSB
# +1 805 961 8413 | frew@ucsbuxa (BITNET) | Santa Barbara, CA 93106, USA
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