How to set up sendmail to accept and discard all email?

Antony Stone Antony at SOFT-SOLUTIONS.CO.UK
Thu Jul 31 09:32:57 IST 2003


I want to set up a test network of three machines:

One standard mailserver which gets loaded up with a bunch of mails to send.

One MailScanner system which receives the mails, processes them, and sends
them on... a third machine which accepts them and immediately discards the mail
(preferably without queueing it, storing it on disk, or anything).

I know I can get the MS machine to send all its mails to a single server
easily enough, either by using a smart relay, or by redirecting packets with
a firewall, but is there some simple way I can configure sendmail on the
third machine so that it appears as an open relay (that bit's easy) and
accepts all mail, but then immediately discards it?

Is it something as simple as specifying a queue directory of /dev/null
(something tells me sendmail would complain at this...), or is there another
trick I should use?

Hope someone out there can help,



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