SUMMARY: Sendmail error on new install of v8.9.0

From: Amanda Dahl/mail+schedule (
Date: Fri Sep 11 1998 - 11:40:26 CDT

I would like to thank everyone who responded, especially:

Aleksandar Milivojevic []
Rich Kulawiec []
Craig Raskin []
Mike Jacobi []
John Bradley []

They all responded with lightning speed. The problem was that the
permissions on the *entire* directory path to the aliases file must *not* be
group writeable, not just the aliases file itself. Additionally, neither
should /var and /var/spool.

Aleksander offered this handy tip:
"One chmod will do the trick:

# chmod go-w / /etc /etc/mail /var /var/spool /var/spool/mqueue

Note that some patches will change modes on some of those directories,
making them group writtable, so you'll need to execute above command
after you install new patches..."

Original question:
> Hello gang,
> I am running sendmail 8.8.8 on a sparc 10 with solaris 2.5.1. I am trying
> upgrade to sendmail 8.9.0 (for it's anti-spam features), while keeping my
> current I compiled sendmail on another (non-production)
> and copied it over to /usr/lib, after making sure that the
> was empty. When it is installed and I try to send mail, I receive the
> following error:
> dbm map "Alias0": unsafe map file /etc/mail/aliases

Amanda K. Dahl
Information Services
2100 Milvia Avenue
Berkeley.CA 94704
"UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that
would also stop you from doing clever things." -- Doug Gwyn


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