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Date:      Wed, 24 Jun 1998 13:51:54 -0400 (EDT)
From:      Dima Dorfman <>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: probably foolish question
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: <000201bd9f10$b8de2020$> from Stacey Jenkins at "Jun 23, 98 06:38:00 pm"

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> To whom it may concern,
> 	I work at a mid-size ISP in the Las Vegas area.  As we've been upgrading,
> we're replacing our webserver with a couple of UltraSPARCs, but are leaving
> mail on one of our existing Linux boxes, and using the second as a backup.
> Here's where things get interesting.  The backup server is being used as an
> administration server for our Sun boxes (thru xhost).  While copying some
> files, we lost power and the admin/backup server's file structure got pretty
> messed up.  When I tried to reinstall the original OS (a combination of
> Caldera-xwindows and RedHat-everything else,   with Kernel being Linux
> 1.2.13) and run the backup tape, it couldn't set up a ram drive from the
> startup disks and the whole thing was screwed.
> 	We put FreeBSD on it, just so we could set up the admin server, and let it
> go at that.  Unfortunately, this means that for now, we have no backup mail
> server, a very bad thing.  My question for you is this, could we run the
> information on the 4gig backup tape under FreeBSD?  Is the file structure
> similar enough?  Could the BSD kernel support the Linux sendmail?
> 	I understand that this may seem naive, and the answer is probably a simple
> NO, but I've got to ask.  The alternative is to try and track down someone
> who has a copy of the same Linux Kernel (a tough task as the supplier of our
> server is now out of business).
> 	I greatly appreciate any assistance you could offer in this matter.

Umm, I'm kind of confused about this.  The back/admin server crashed, and
you can't seem to restore it.  You installed FreeBSD instead of that
server.  You want to  install a backup mail server on it, and you want to
know if the Linux sendmail will work with FreeBSD.  The short answer is,
kinda :)  You can run the same sendmail, with the same config file, but
you have to recompile to to run on FreeBSD.  I'm not sure about the
directory structure, but yo might just want to copy the config file
(, and recompile sendmail to run on FreeBSD.

Hope this helps :)

> Regards,
> 	Stacey J
> Stacey Jenkins
> System Administrator
> Las Vegas Internet
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