Ubuntu - sendmail problem

Julian Field MailScanner at ecs.soton.ac.uk
Tue Apr 29 22:55:47 IST 2008

Mohammed Alli wrote:
> To try to shed some light on this issue, ill throw in my 2cents.  I have successfully setup ubuntu 8.04 with mailscanner (Debian .deb 4.68.8) and postfix.  It was easy and didn't require me to do anything fancy.
In which case, please can you give us detailed instructions on how to do it?
And can you then write it up in the wiki for us as well please?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: "Andrei Caraman" <adc at dc-uoit.net>
> To: "MailScanner discussion" <mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info>
> Sent: 4/29/08    5:49 PM
> Subject: Re: Ubuntu - sendmail problem
> On Mon, Apr 28, 2008 at 06:18:03PM +0100, Julian Field wrote:
>> Your best method for getting MailScanner working on Ubuntu is probably 
>> to use the Debian package, which should just drop in and run. Doing this 
>> will save you an awful lot of grief.
> that just might be easier said than done.  yes, ubuntu uses the debian
> package management, but that doesn't necessarily mean the same packages. 
> using a debian .deb on ubuntu or viceversa may work, but i don't think
> anyone can guarantee it.  mailscanner might work - perl is perl is perl, to
> quote someone, but on the other hand, it may not, as it will pull in a lot
> of other debs on which it depends.  one may end up with a messy mix of
> ubuntul and debian packages.
> that being said,...
>> I'm new to Ubuntu as well, so I don't know how to install the Debian 
>> package, hopefully someone else here can enlighten both of us on this 
>> subject?
>> Someone?
> i run mailscanner and sendmail on debian.  while i'm not a guru on the
> subject, i do know a few things about this combo.
>> Rick Bragg wrote:
>> [...]
>>> I followed this page for direction:
>>> http://www.mailscanner.info/sendmail.html
> for debian (and probably ubuntu too), you want to make your local
> customization in config files that won't get automatically overwritten on
> upgrades.  hence you'll want to translate the instructions above in
> debian-speak:
> 1.  the privacy options can go in sendmail.mc, like this (wrapped for
>     readability):
> 	define(`confPRIVACY_FLAGS',`noetrn,needmailhelo,noexpn,novrfy,
> 	restrictqrun,restrictexpand,nobodyreturn,authwarnings')dnl
> 2.  in sendmail.conf you'll need (again, wrapped):
> 	DAEMON_PARMS="-bd -ODeliveryMode=queueonly 
> 	-OQueueDirectory=/var/spool/mqueue.in";
>     if i remember correctly, the debian default is 
> 	DAEMON_PARMS="-bd";
> that should take care of your sendmail configuration, without touching the
> init.d start/stop script.  your sendmail should start upon boot, accept
> messages and queue them under /var/spool/mqueue.in.  it's the job of
> mailscanner to examine the messages from mqueue.in and move them to
> /var/spool/mqueue (if it decides to let them pass).
> one thing to keep in mind is sendmail and mailscanner are supposed to be
> started and/or stopped independently with this setup.  
> the other thing about being unable to remove the mailscanner package prior
> to an upgrade has to do with the init.d script returning 1 (instead of 0) on
> stop (and on start too, actually).  i suppose that's a bug that went away in
> debian/lenny, mailscanner 4.68.8.  the workaround i've used for that was to 
> first stop mailscanner, then to comment out the run_mailscanner line in
> /etc/default/mailscanner (then the init script woulr return 0).
> i will be happy to share my experience with this setup.  if this so specific
> to make it off topic for the list, ask privately, and i shall answer
> privately.
> one last thing here:  my impression is that debian keeps better pace with
> new software versions than ubuntu does.  would a switch to debian be
> concevable for that particular box?
> adc


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