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I have following line in my cf file


and following lines in local-host-names file

but when I send mail to, sendmail is accepting mails for it. resolves to one of the private IP address. What could be the reason?

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What do you mean by "is accepting"? Do you mean it's delivering the mails locally? – David Schwartz Apr 3 '13 at 3:34
No if I try to send mail by accessing SMTP using telnet, for rcpt to it says recipient ok. It should say user unknown right? – Sachin Divekar Apr 3 '13 at 3:53

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In your prompt type:

$ sendmail -bt
> $=w

$=w is a class that contains all the names sendmail considers local. These include those listed in /etc/mail/local-host-names and those in /etc/hosts that sendmail considers local after examining the machine's network interfaces.

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thanks a lot. sendmail is considering as local after observing network interface. It is a PTR record for IP addresses on one of the ethernet interfaces. – Sachin Divekar Apr 3 '13 at 8:36
There is an option to turn off "auto detection/adding" local email domains (DontProbeInterfaces). – Andrzej A. Filip Apr 3 '13 at 9:32
@AndrzejA.Filip thanks a lot for your suggestion. Yes, I verified DontProbeInterfaces is False in my case. – Sachin Divekar Apr 3 '13 at 9:51
Is a CNAME DNS record? YES => sendmail rewrites CNAMEs (DNS aliases) to "true names". – Andrzej A. Filip Apr 3 '13 at 9:55

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