OT - GreetPause question

Steve Campbell campbell at cnpapers.com
Tue Oct 28 15:54:48 GMT 2008

Thanks Brendan,

I didn't think to look at the on-server docs.


Brendan Pirie wrote:
> Steve,
> I haven't used this feature in the access.db myself, but the sendmail 
> documentation for 8.13.8 includes examples of this:
>                If FEATURE(`access_db') is enabled, an access database
>                lookup with the GreetPause tag is done using client
>                hostname, domain, IP address, or subnet to determine the
>                pause time:
>                        GreetPause:my.domain    0
>                        GreetPause:example.com  5000
>                        GreetPause:10.1.2       2000
>                        GreetPause:    0
> which strongly suggest what you're doing "should" work.
> HTH,
> Brendan
> Steve Campbell wrote:
>> 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.
>> Thanks for any help. I'll continue looking elsewhere as I'm sure I've 
>> just overlooked it.
>> Steve Campbell

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