Sendmail patch breaks plain text auth

Paul Welsh paul at
Wed Mar 29 12:54:06 IST 2006

Thanks for everyone's help on this.  I found the Howto on this page very useful.  In
fact, I was so pleased to be able to fix the problem that I sent the author
a donation; he saved my bacon!

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I had the same problem but fixed it by doing the following.

# vi /usr/lib/sasl2/smtpd.conf
(it should say pwcheck_method: saslauthd)

# vi /etc/sysconfig/saslauthd
(it should say MECH=pam)

Then run:
alternatives --config mta
and set it to sendmail

restart/start saslauthd

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