Obscure sendmail error after installing latest MS

Kai Schaetzl maillists at conactive.com
Wed Mar 22 01:30:45 GMT 2006

I installed 4.51.6 today on a CentOS 4.3 system. So far everything seems 
to be fine, but I'm getting this error when starting the service:

incoming sendmail: Warning: Cannot use HostStatusDirectory = .hoststat: No 
such file or directory

So it comes from sendmail, but it's not clear why it happens. The 
directory indeed didn't exist in /var/spool/mqueue on CentOS, so I created 
it and I can see that sendmail uses it just fine and mail comes in. But 
the error doesn't go away. Also, I don't get this error when starting the 
sendmail service by its own, only when starting MailScanner (which then 
starts sendmail). The error isn't written to the mail log, only to the 
I think this is some permission/user-related race-condition error. Like MS 
doesn't start it with sufficient priviledges.

Any hints?


Kai Schätzl, Berlin, Germany
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