OT - GreetPause question

Jeff A. Earickson jaearick at colby.edu
Tue Oct 28 13:37:08 GMT 2008

On Tue, 28 Oct 2008, Steve Campbell wrote:

> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 09:29:20 -0400
> From: Steve Campbell <campbell at cnpapers.com>
> Reply-To: MailScanner discussion <mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info>
> To: mailscanner at lists.mailscanner.info
> Subject: OT - GreetPause question
> Done a little googling, but didn't see a specific answer. Don't belong to the 
> sendmail mail list, but probably should join - I belong to too many already.
> It's OT so I'll listen to whatever comes my way.
> I use GreetPause. I have a default time set at 5000 in my sendmail.mc(cf) for 
> 5 seconds. I have my own servers set at 0 so that there is no delay  invoked. 
> I have found where I can put different delays other than zero for certain IPs 
> to override the default in the sendmail.cf, but I don't see it working (or 
> maybe the spammers are really following the rules and wait). The override 
> feature of GreetPause may only be valid in 8.14 sendmail for values other 
> than 0.
> So that is my question - is it valid to put something like 
> "GreetPause:xx.yy.zz    20000" in my access file, remake the access.db in 
> sendmail 8.13? It doesn't give a warning when I remake it, but I see no 
> pre-greeting messages for the inserted values in my logs.


Yes, you can do something like:


in your access file, remake access.db, and have it work.  In the example above,
this is Verizon.  They won't tolerate delays beyond 5 seconds, which is shorter
than my  7 or 8 sec delay, so I had to make adjustments for them.  FWIW, greetpause
doesn't do much anymore.  Spammers with spambots will just wait you out.

Jeff Earickson
Colby College

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