How to get mail to local destinations delivered?

Chris G cl at
Tue Nov 13 11:37:05 UTC 2007

On Tue, Nov 13, 2007 at 04:29:13PM +0900, John Summerfield wrote:
> 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.
I've got the O'Reilly "Sendmail" book, I got it some years ago when I
was more involved in such things.  It might throw some light on this

However it does feel distinctly like overkill when all I want is mail
delivery within a single system!  :-)

It may well be of course that a trivial will
do what I want, it's obvious that most of the contents of these files
are totally irrelevant to local mail delivery.

Chris Green

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