sendmail/mailscanner on Ubuntu (fix)

Noel Kelly nkelly at
Wed Oct 14 20:18:48 IST 2009

Hi julian

Having just had to reinstall mailscanner/sendmail on an Ubuntu server 
from the repositories and come across the popular 'how do you get the 
inbound/outbound sendmail instances to start?'  queries i thought I 
should document the fix for it.

Clearly I found it before because the answer was buried in the configs 
from the previous server installed a few years ago.  Prior to finding it 
though I came across of a lot of head-scratching threads on the forum 
and the notes from Mohammed on the Ubuntu page on only 
mention postfix.

The answer is to edit 'DAEMON_PARMS' in /etc/mail/sendmail.conf:

DAEMON_PARMS="-bd -OPrivacyOptions=noetrn -ODeliveryMode=queueonly 

Also you have to create the /var/spool/ directory and change 
the permissions.

Now you can start /etc/init.d/sendmail and /etc/init.d/mailscanner.

The fact that the Hardy package is an ageing 4.58.9 is another matter: 
"MailScanner E-Mail Virus Scanner version 4.58.9 starting... "

I use sendmail because of some of the milters and scripts like Vispan.


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