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Date:      Tue, 21 Nov 2006 16:00:02 -0500
From:      DAve <>
To:        FreeBSD Questions <>
Subject:   Building Sendmail from ports
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Good afternoon all,

I am looking into upgrading Sendmail on several machines. Currently we 
run the installed version of sendmail and I have kept it up to date via 
security patches. However, in the planning for "what if a Bus hits DAve" 
scenario I would like to switch to using the ports. It should be easier 
for those who come behind me later.

Currently I have my file split into two files and I run 
Sendmail with two queues. I do this for MailScanner on each server. I 
also have my milter code and security changes in and not 
in my (*.cf) for the incoming mail (*.cf) for the scanned mail which is then delivered to 
my internal mail handlers.

Looking at the port I can see where sendmail is installed and  I see I 
need to change mailer.conf to point to the new sendmail binaries. I can 
also modify the start script as needed to run two instances of sendmail 
with two different cf files and two different queue directories. No 
problems there.

But, where will the port install my *.mc and *.cf files? This I can't 
seem to figure out. I would like to know before I hit 'make install' in 
the port dir. I would think it will install them into 
/usr/local/share/sendmail/cf, would that be correct?

I want to make certain that when I build new and the correct files are used by m4. Currently I run the 
following when making changes to my *.mc files

/usr/bin/m4 -D_CF_DIR_=/usr/share/sendmail/cf/ 
/usr/share/sendmail/cf/m4/cf.m4 >



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