Mailscanner & Freebsd

Jan-Peter Koopmann Jan-Peter.Koopmann at SECEIDOS.DE
Wed Feb 4 10:01:40 GMT 2004

> I am running sendmai/mailscanner on freebsd 5.1 box too ... 
> (i am not alone hurra !! ) What people told me, is that it 
> should be mailscanner who start sendmail ... but for me, it 

That is not entirely correct. You need several things:

1. An incoming MTA (Sendmail/Exim) instance that runs independently of MailScanner, accepts incoming mail and puts it in the inbound queue only. It must be configured in a way that it does NOT deliver mail itself.

2. A queue runner MTA which tries to deliver mail that is already in the outbound queue in case the first delivery attempt failed.

3. In the standard mailscanner config, mailscanner will scan your mail and if it is supposed to be delivered it will move the mail to the outbound queue and will run a seperate instance of your MTA to deliver that mail.

You are responsible for running part 1 and part 2. The script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d will take care of this. MailScanner itself only takes care of part 3!


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