SUMMARY: references on configuring sendmail.

From: Larry Chin (
Date: Mon Jan 04 1993 - 11:20:17 CST

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can anyone reccommend a good reference on configuring sendmail ? I have
read the SysAdmin manual, but I am afraid that I am still a bit confused

Any help would be much appreciated.


Replies included:

1) try the o'reilly TPC/IP network administration book
2) me too
3) a couple of quickie guides to configuration picked up from the net in the
4) documents available via anon ftp from /pub/bsd-docs.
   Sendmail - An Internetwork Mail Router by Eric Allman
   Sendmail: Installation and Operation Guide by Eric Allman
5) The Unix System Administration Handbook" by Nemeth, Snyder & Seebass
   - Prentice Hall.
6) Ease which includes a paper by Eric Fair
7) Try using IDA-Sendmail instead of the stock sendmail that comes with the OS.
8) A bibliography compiled by Fuat Baran which I have included.

Thanks to: (Bill Hunter) (Operator) (Jim Davis)
ravi@ivy.WPI.EDU (Ravi Narayan)
milt@PE-Nelson.COM (Milt Ratcliff)
corson@infodyn.COM (Tom Corson)
ups!kevin@fourx.Aus.Sun.COM (Kevin Sheehan {Consulting Poster Child}) (Jim Murff)
Gustavo Vegas <gustavo@ece.concordia.CA> (Bruce Cogan) (Rick Emerson) (Amir J Katz)
milt@PE-Nelson.COM (Milt Ratcliff) (W. Frank Lowe)
Eliot Lear <lear@NET.BIO.NET> (Neil Rickert)
Fuat Baran <>
dowjone!jcsadmin!jc@uunet.UU.NET (John Ciesla)


"Customizing sendmail Configuration Files"
(Chapter 23 of the SunOS 4.1 System and Network Administration Manual.)
Also known as "Sendmail Installation and Operation" (Chapter 18, SunOS 4.0
System and Network Administration Manual.)

                I don't know about the other vendors, but Sun's
                sendmail chapter is a good starting point when
                learning about sendmail. I believe these are based on
                a document written by Eric Allman, and a version comes
                in the "doc" directory of the sendmail distribution.

"THAT FILE" parts I and II
by Rob Kolstad
UNIX Review, vol 8, numbers 1 and 2, pp. 96-103, 94-102.

                Rob Kolstad summarizes the major points of a
       file, and how to modify and test it.

UNIX Systems Administration Handbook
by Evi Nemeth, Garth Snyder and Scott Seebass
Prentice-Hall, 1989
ISBN 0-13-933441-6.

                Chapter 15 is entitled "Mail and Berkeley Sendmail."
                Appendix J is a sample file. It is the
                one used at the central machine at University of

"RFC821: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol"
by J.B. Postel
Aug. 1982.

"RFC822: Standard for the format of ARPA Internet text messages"
by D. Crocker
Aug. 1982.

comp.mail.sendmail newsgroup.

                Lots of interesting questions and answers. Bugfixes,
                announcements of things like IDA releases.

comp.mail.misc newsgroup

                General mail related discussion (inter-networking, etc.)

"SENDMAIL -- An Internetwork Mail Router"
by Eric Allman.
In the "doc" directory of the sendmail distribution.

The Matrix: Computer Networks and Conferencing Systems Worldwide
by John S. Quarterman
(c) 1990, Digital Equipment Corporation
Digital Press, Bedford, MA/Prentice-Hall
DP ISBN 1-55558-033-5
PH ISBN 0-13-565607-9

                A good in-depth reference.

!%@:: A Directory of Electronic Mail Addressing & Networks
by Donnalyn Frey and Rick Adams
(c) 1989, Donnalyn Frey
O'Reilly & Associates, Inc., Sebastopol, CA
ISBN 0-937175-39-0

                A must for all postmasters.

"Inter-Network Mail Guide"
by John J. Chew
- appears periodically in comp.mail.misc
- anonymous ftp from [] or []
  in ~ftp/pub/docs/internetwork-mail-guide
- listserv@unmvm
  "get network guide"

                Describes electronic mail addressing syntax from one network
                to another.

Once again, thanks to all.

Larry Chin {} CCH Canadian Ltd.
System Administrator 6 Garamond Court
Research and Development Don Mills, Ontario.
(416) 441-4001 ext. 349 M3C 1Z5

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