Sendmail Log Spew

After updating the office desktop to Slackware 15.0 and resolving local spool mail issues, reviewing the system logs showed that the newer sendmail to be polluting the logs when launching.

    Apr 21 14:26:51 darkstar sm-mta[1660]: sql_select option missing
    Apr 21 14:26:51 darkstar sm-mta[1660]: auxpropfunc error no mechanism available

The errors are generated from cyrus-sasl. The messages implied the newer sendmail is configured to depend on SASL for authentication. Previous versions of sendmail packaged with Slackware never showed any such log messages.

Searching the web found many discussions but no solutions.

The sledge hammer solution was to delete related files installed by the cyrus-sasl package.

rm -f /usr/lib64/sasl2/libsql*

Removing the cyrus-sasl package is futile because too many packages are compiled with sasl as a dependency.

Newer is not always better.

Yet Another Example why updating computers is so frustrating.

Something always breaks. Always.

Posted: Category: Usability Tagged: Slackware

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