SUMMARY nasty sendmail message BIS

From: Olivier MARCE (
Date: Wed Dec 02 1992 - 03:06:53 CST

[ I send this old summary because some people ask me to do that. I think this pb is very current. Sorry for extra use of yours mail boxes, but it'nice for the new subscriber to read this ]
> From: (Brett Lymn)
> Subject: SUMMARY: nasty sendmail messages
> A week ago I wrote the following:
> >
> > I have had on occaision had the following message from
> >sendmail on various clients:
> >
> >Oct 1 14:25:58 coolibah sendmail[443]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR: net hang reading
from Connection timed out
> >Warning: Actions not found: select-set
> >Oct 1 15:09:08 coolibah sendmail[503]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR: net hang reading
from Connection timed out
> >Oct 1 15:24:08 coolibah sendmail[503]: NOQUEUE: SYSERR: net hang reading
from Connection timed out
> >
> >This has started to happen with monotonous regularity on my
> >workstation, what is causing this to happen? Is there a fix?
> >
> >BTW Nothing has changed on the system recently, there seems to be no
> >causal link to anything.
> >
> >Running SunOS 4.1.2.
> >
> This seems like a common problem judging from the "me too"s I got.
> Full marks (and a big thank-you) goes to Sverre Slotte Jr. for
> pointing out the problem. The problem was that my mail messages did
> not end with a new line character, this was because I had changed my
> signature file and did not have a NL on the end of the last line.
> This is a problem because the sendmail protocol demands a . on a line
> by itself to indicate the end of the mail body, what was happening in
> my case was sendmail was transmitting the message but because there
> was no trailing NL the receiving sendmail did not see a dot on a line
> by itself so it thought there was more message to come and would wait
> until it eventually timed out.
> So anyone that had this problem should check carefully that their mail
> messages end with a trailing newline. If you use emacs you should
> check the variable require-final-newline is set true to ensure emacs
> adds a trailing newline if one does not exist.
> Thanks to:
> ups!upstage!glenn@fourx.Aus.Sun.COM (Glenn Satchell)
> Neil W Rickert <>
> (Sverre Slotte RC 943)
> Michael.Tripoli@Corp.Sun.COM (Michael Tripoli)
> --
> Brett Lymn | "Smoke me a kipper, I will be
> Computer Systems Administrator | back for breakfast"
> AWA Defence Industries | - Arnold "Ace" Rimmer

Thanks for him and for all whose give me this information


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