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Guys, I have a server with using sendmail but only with aliases under /etc/mail/aliases.  I have configure the /etc/mail/sendmail.cf to relay through an internal gateway to send the result for the scripts to only the specific aliases.  The operating system is Solaris 9.  I do not want the sendmail process or deamon running in the server at all.  I have a file called /etc/resolv.conf, /etc/nsswitch.conf with the line <hosts:      files dns>, /etc/mail/sendmail.cf has the line for the relay configured as well as
#DSmailhost$?m.$m$.
DSXXXXXXXX01.XXXX.XXXX.mil.

The script I am running to be mail it is running and generating the report expected but the mail does not get to the destination...

Mailing any type of file with no attachments at all, the /var/log/syslog shows the following:
Jun 29 06:05:30 hostname sendmail[21683]: [ID 801593 mail.info] k5T65UvY021683: from=root, size=38542, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<200606290605.k5T65UvY021683@XXXXX.XXXXX.XXXX.XXXX.mil>, relay=root@localhost
Jun 29 06:05:30 hostname sendmail[21683]: [ID 801593 mail.info] k5T65UvY021683: to=nancy.XXXX@XXX.XXX.XXXX.mil, ctladdr=root (0/0), delay=00:00:00, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=relay, pri=68542, relay=[127.0.0.1] [127.0.0.1], dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: Connection refused by [127.0.0.1]

Why or what is it that I am missing that the connection is refused?  I really need help to understand the reason... How to fix it>  
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by:PsiCop
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Note that EE has a sendmail-specific TA --> http://www.experts-exchange.com/Networking/Email_Groupware/Sendmail/

First, I thinbk it insane that you're hacking sendmail.cf directly. This is 2006, not 1996. Modify sendmail.mc and build sendmail.cf from that.

The aliases database is only consulted for E-Mail that sendmail has determined will be delivered locally. In any event, virtusertable is the better mechanism for selectively directing E-Mail to other hosts.

The "connection refused" error message suggests that sendmail still thinks it's not allowed to relay. You may need to configure the access database to permit it, I dunno. Again, don't hack sendmail.cf - use the macro configuration files and tools. You'll spend a lot less time trying to figure out things like this.
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All that I had to do was to add a line to the sendmail.cf


DSmailhost$?m.$m$.

O DaemonPortOptions=Family=inet, address=127.0.0.1, Name=MTA

Thank you.

 
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by:nlopezzapa07
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Yes, you can go ahead and I PAQ this question.  

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