out of curiosity: reload and restart

Alex Neuman van der Hans alex at nkpanama.com
Thu Nov 2 15:14:07 GMT 2006

Sven De Troch wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Nov 2006 17:36:01 -0600, "Mike Kercher" <mike at vesol.com>
> wrote:
>> mailscanner-bounces at lists.mailscanner.info <> scribbled on :
>> You do not have to reload or restart MS (sendmail) after making changes
>> to the access, virtusertable or mailertable.  If you change your
>> sendmail.mc/cf, you need to RESTART MS, but only because that will
>> restart the sendmail processes.
> Mike,
> I thought as well that reloading MS is not sufficient to read new
> sendmail configs (i.e. access file), but this seems to be working for
> me and I don't find it logic neither (and because of this I raised my
> question here).
> With only reloading MS, my MTA is accepting the new acces config (To:
> domain RELAY) are am I dreaming ;-)
Sendmail doesn't need to be restarted for changes to the access file to 
"stick". Adding a milter or an rbl (or some other parameter) to 
sendmail.mc and recompiling sendmail.cf *does* require a restart (as 
opposed to a "reload"), although I don't know if it could be 
accomplished with a "killall -HUP sendmail" (haven't tried).

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