[RDD] Broadcast appliance startup question

Gregg Wonderly gergg at cox.net
Sun Nov 18 16:19:46 EST 2012

Yes, the system/sendmail is performing a "reverse DNS" lookup from the "main" IP address to a host name, so that sendmail can properly address email that flows through it with the correct "host name".  So, you either need a working DNS response for the associated IP Address, or your need to populate the /etc/hosts file with a proper mapping that will allow sendmail to startup and function.  There are several reasons that sendmail is needed for even local admin, so I'd recommend that you not disable it, and instead provide the appropriate DNS information or populate /etc/hosts.

Gregg Wonderly

On Nov 18, 2012, at 1:11 AM, Gary Hodder <vk2kcf at vk2kcf.com> wrote:

> On Sat, 2012-11-17 at 20:01 -0500, Cowboy wrote:
>> On Friday 16 November 2012 04:23:51 pm Nathan Steele wrote:
>>> Why do my broadcast appliance boxes seem to hang forever at "starting 
>>> Sendmail" it takes minutes to get past it and finish booting up...I 
>>> don't reboot often, but just wondering, when seconds count, I'll be 
>>> pulling my hair out waiting for it to boot....
>>> Do I need to configure something?
>> Does the box need sendmail ?
>> If not, just disable the start up script.
> The system may need sendmail for internal stuff, not sure if disabling
> it will brake other things.
> Add all your hostnames and ip's to the host file then edit nsswitch.conf
> to be
> hosts:	files dns (what-else-you-need)
> The system will then look up the hostnames in the host file and will not
> try to do a dns lookup.
> If its not in the host file then the next step is to do a dns lookup.
> Gary.
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