[CentOS] Re: sendmail aliases

Wed Apr 2 17:45:09 UTC 2008
Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com>

Scott Silva wrote:
> on 4-2-2008 4:41 AM Brent L. Bates spake the following:
>>      Sendmail used to automatically compare creation dates of the text 
>> and
>> database aliases files and when the text one was newer than the 
>> database one,
>> sendmail would automatically update the database file at a convenient 
>> time.
>>  This made a lot of sense.  However, the powers that be decided to 
>> break this
>> great feature and removed it.  I copied it back into to source we use.
> Many newer distros add that functionality to the init scripts. I seem to 
> recall that option had some bad side effects, and that is why sendmail 
> removed it. I wish I could remember what the problem was.

Just guessing, it probably relates to the gazillion ways unix-like 
systems have of locking files that tend not to work and the fact that 
concurrent sendmail instances are a lot more likely to conflict than a 
user typing 'newaliases'.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com