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I have configured Sendmail to work with a smarthost by adding the following line to the configuration

define('SMART_HOST', 'smtp.ISP.TLD')dnl

and after that I issued

make -C /etc/mail

The mail log shows

Aug  8 17:51:23 mailserver sendmail[10677]: o78FpM8q010677: from=XXXXXXXX, size=64, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<201008081551.o78FpM8q010677@mainframe.domain.tld>, relay=root@localhost
Aug  8 17:51:23 mailserver sm-mta[10678]: o78FpNmK010678: from=<XXXXXXXX@mainframe.domain.tld>, size=360, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<201008081551.o78FpM8q010677@mainframe.domain.tld>, proto=ESMTP, daemon=MTA-v4, relay=mainframe.domain.tld []
Aug  8 17:51:23 mailserver sendmail[10677]: o78FpM8q010677:, ctladdr=XXXXXXXX (1000/1000), delay=00:00:01, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=relay, pri=30064, relay=[] [], dsn=2.0.0, stat=Sent (o78FpNmK010678 Message accepted for delivery)

So it seems it never passes on to the smarthost. Oh yes, and I'm using Debian 5.0

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Check the DS in your file it seems the make is not updating, i think i remember debian does their configuration in a non standard way but just do not remember how.

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Turned out that it didn't compile correctly, now I just modified the compiled file, which worked.

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