How to get mail to local destinations delivered?

John Summerfield debian at
Tue Nov 13 07:29:13 UTC 2007

Tim wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-11-12 at 19:24 +0000, Chris G wrote:
>> Ah, I'm beginning to understand, mail to 'chris' and 'root' works, but
>> sendmail would appear to add a hostname to what's sent by an MUA and
>> anything with a hostname after the username is sent out, which doesn't
>> work. 
> Hmm, this sounds familiar.  Somewhere along the line of setting up
> networking on one of my boxes, it got a FQDN set where there should just
> be a hostname.  Then sendmail was adding the domain name onto the end of
> that.  Naturally, this didn't work.  And I got some peculiar error
> messages.
> e.g. What happened:
>      my intended hostname:  machine
>      my intended domain name:
>      actual hostname:
>      actual domain name:
>      Services making up a FQDN from the given information, came up
>      with:

I haven't seen any evidence that that's happening to Chris; sendmail 
seems to have the correct idea of its own name, but for some reason it's 
not delivering mail to itself when Chris thinks it should.

Running sendmail with magic incantations involving -d will probably tell 
Chris what it's doing. I've used it, and despite the current man-page's 
assertion I did not read the source code to find what to do. I think 
they're documented in the sendmail-doc package. I found them in a book 
by Paul Vixie, but that book's not where I am, and it is now very old.

Google might know.



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