cf/README for sendmail 8.12.3

Eric Allman of the Sendmail Consortium


sendmail 8.9 has introduced a new configuration directory for sendmail related files, /etc/mail. The new files available for sendmail 8.9 -- the class {R} /etc/mail/relay-domains and the access database /etc/mail/access -- take advantage of this new directory. Beginning with 8.10, all files will use this directory by default (some options may be set by OSTYPE() files). This new directory should help to restore uniformity to sendmail's file locations.

Below is a table of some of the common changes:

Old filenameNew filename

Note that all of these paths actually use a new m4 macro MAIL_SETTINGS_DIR to create the pathnames. The default value of this variable is `/etc/mail/'. If you set this macro to a different value, you must include a trailing slash.

Notice: all filenames used in a .mc (or .cf) file should be absolute (starting at the root, i.e., with '/'). Relative filenames most likely cause surprises during operations (unless otherwise noted).