Sendmail question with regards to MailScanner

Julian Field mailscanner at
Mon Nov 4 19:55:32 GMT 2002

I would report that as a sendmail bug if that really happens. It shouldn't
over-ride its command-line options.

At 19:39 04/11/2002, you wrote:
>I've searched and not turned up a whole lot of useful help regarding this
>question, but perhaps someone else has seen what I'm seeing.
>If an internal user (accidentally?) writes an e-mail to a bogus or
>unreachable domain name  (or in the case an internet connection is down),
>when sendmail 8.11.6 (with the appropriate command line options for
>queueonly and a queue directory of /var/spool/mqueue.inbox) takes the
>message, it attempts to munge on the message (seemingly ignoring the
>queueonly option), and because it sees the message as a "deferred" message,
>dumps the message directly into the /var/spool/mqueue directory, which
>effectively bypasses the MailScanner altogether.  While this may be a
>non-issue, I just wanted to see if others have seen this same behaviour.
>I thought it odd that even when handed the
>"-ODeliveryMode=q -OQueueDirectory=/var/spool/mqueue.inbox" options, in the
>case of a deferred message, sendmail bypasses it's command line parameters
>and follows the directive (?) to send it to the default queue
>directory.  I even tried playing with the "-OErrorMode=q" option as well,
>setting it to "queue only" and the deferred messages still end up in the
>default /var/spool/mqueue directory the same as before.  Everything else
>under normal conditions works fine.  I suspect we could change the queueonly
>sendmail process to use a different configuration file which
>specifies the QueueDirectory as the incoming MailScanner queue directory to
>force it through the MailScanner irregardless, but I was trying to avoid
>convoluting things more than necessary.
>Any thoughts?

Julian Field                Teaching Systems Manager
jkf at         Dept. of Electronics & Computer Science
Tel. 023 8059 2817          University of Southampton
                             Southampton SO17 1BJ

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