Redhat sendmail 550: Verification failed for <root@localhost.localdomain">

Running Redhat enterprise server 5.4 w/sendmail version 8.13.8,  Outbound emails fail with "550-Verification failed for <root@localhost.localdomain>"

When displaying sendmail version at command line ( /usr/lib sendmail -v -d0,1 </dev/null) the display shows:
============ SYSTEM IDENTITY (after readcf) ============
      (short domain name) $w = localhost
  (canonical domain name) $j = localhost.localdomain
         (subdomain name) $m = localdomain
              (node name) $k = removed here, it is correct
========================================================
The node name is correct.  I removed it for confidentiality. The other names need to match it.
I understand that I need to change the default "local.domain" in sendmail configuration  to the correct domain name.  
But I don't understand how to change it.  

/etc/network is correct for the expected domain name.

I added the correct domain name in  "/etc/mail/local-hosts-names" and that is the only entry in that file.  I did restart sendmail.

One site suggests editing  "/etc/hosts"  by placing the correct domain name at the beginning of that file.  Currently that file shows:
127.0.0.1       localhost.localdomain   localhost       correct.domain.name
::1     localhost6.localdomain6 localhost       correct.domain.name6

I am concerned that reversing the /etc/hosts file entries  will break connectivity.  What do you think?

One site suggest there is a line in the sendmail.mc file for DOMAIN that should be edited for the correct domain name.  I can't find such a line.  

This machine is not intended to be a primary email server.  We use sendmail to send system advisory messages to admins and other victims.  There is no virtualization or relaying or similar email activities involved.

Thank you.
gstanlAsked:
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jar3817Commented:
You need to edit /etc/hosts and switch the entries around:

127.0.0.1       correct.domain.name correct localhost.localdomain   localhost
::1     localhost6.localdomain6 localhost       correct.domain.name6

It shouldn't break anything. You'll need to restart sendmail after you change it.
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gstanlAuthor Commented:
Excellent.  Worked.
Thanks.
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