Sendmail Temp fail

Vernon Schryver
Mon Sep 15 22:35:35 UTC 2003

> From: Dale Hege <>

> Does anyone know of a situation that would cause sendmail to tempfail
> because of a dcc failure even though it is setup not to?
> Sep 15 04:04:24 trout sendmail[16608]: h8F84Jet016608: Milter: connect:
>, addr=, temp failing
> commands
> ...

Whether sendmail treats failures by a milter program with a temporary
SMTP failure or just gives up on the program for a while is controlled
by a line like:

Xdcc, S=unix:/var/run/dcc/dccm, F=T, T=C:30s;S:30s;R:30s;E:30s

That line is usually generated with the misc/dcc.m4 file.

"F=T" tells sendmail to do a temporary failure.  Nothing tells sendmail
to forget the milter program and continue.

Vernon Schryver

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