Sendmail/MailScanner for newbie

Ratana Prinyawiwatkul ratana08 at
Thu Feb 4 14:41:52 GMT 2010

I did all these on my mailserver which is running on Fedora 11 with
Mail scanner and sendmail

 chkconfig sendmail off
 service sendmail stop
 chkconfig MailScanner on
 service MailScanner start
 as the tells.

service sendmail status for my mail server?
 # service MailScanner status
 Checking MailScanner daemons:
 MailScanner:          [ok]
 incoming sendmail: [ok]
 outgoing sendmail:  [ok]
 # service sendmail status
 sendmail is stopped
 sm-client (pid 14107) is running...

But the Mail Server at work which has Fedora 7, sendmail and  MailScanner also.
When I did the same command, it shows as following: 
 # service MailScanner status
 Checking MailScanner daemons:
 MailScanner:          [ok]
 incoming sendmail: [ok]
 outgoing sendmail:  [ok]
 which is the same results as my mail server
But when I do
 #service sendmail status 
sendmail (pid 30045 30041 ...) is running...

which is different from my mail server so that I am not sure I configure MailScanner right or not? Why MailServer at work didn't show sm-client since both use Fedora core?

--- On Wed, 2/3/10, Jules Field <MailScanner at> wrote:

From: Jules Field <MailScanner at>
Subject: Re: Sendmail/MailScanner for newbie
To: "MailScanner discussion" <mailscanner at>
Date: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 7:05 PM

You should disable the "sendmail" service in Fedora and not use it at all once you have MailScanner installed. Just use the MailScanner service to do everything.
So, as the clearly tells you at the end of running it, you should
chkconfig sendmail off
service sendmail stop
chkconfig MailScanner on
service MailScanner start

and never touch the service "sendmail" again.

On 03/02/2010 18:46, Ratana Prinyawiwatkul wrote:
> Hello All,
> I am new in *nix system and I want to setup my own mail server. I installed Fedora 11 and use sendmail as MTA, I also installed MailScanner, spamassassin and clamav. I can send and receive mails without any problems. When I checked MailScanner status and got the results as the following
> # service MailScanner status
> Checking MailScanner daemons:
> MailScanner:          [ok]
> incoming sendmail: [ok]
> outgoing sendmail:  [ok]
> but when I do
> # service sendmail status
> sendmail is stopped
> sm-client (pid 14107) is running...
> Is there any problems and how do I fix it?
> Thanks
> Ratana


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