I am having an issue with booting fedora. it hangs with error message:

sendmail sm-client exim abandoned unknown malformed or incomplete option -L

how can i fix the issue ? is there any way to exclude sendmail from boot init ? but cant boot and login to fedora, no idea how to proceed.

thanks in advance for any help or direction.

  • Sendmail has a -L option, which Exim doesn't have, and Fedora assume that the MTA will understand that option. Given that Fedora allow switching the MTA, this is a Fedora bug and should be reported as such. For Exim, I've filed bugs.exim.org/1117 to implement -L. We'll look into it.
    – Phil P
    May 26, 2011 at 4:02

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I think the problem may actually be with exim.

You should boot into single user mode and then:

chkconfig sendmail off
chkconfig exim off

to stop sendmail/exim from starting via init.


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