FC5: Sendmail error

Gilbert Sebenste sebenste at weather3.admin.niu.edu
Tue May 23 16:59:38 UTC 2006

Hello all,

I just installed a fresh copy of FC5. I uncommented the network loopback so 
that it would accept email from all. Everything worked fine, but suddenly in my 
"logwatch" this morning, on all my machines, I note the following:

hash map "Alias0": unsafe map file /etc/aliases.db: Permission denied
WARNING: cannot open alias database /etc/aliases
Cannot create database for alias file /etc/aliases

When I manually type "newaliases" as root, it also gives me this message.
After doing a search on the Web, others have had the problem, but I 
couldn't find a resolution. My permissions on the files in question:

-rw-r--r-- 1 root  root   9961 May 20 00:10 aliases
-rw-r----- 1 smmsp smmsp 24576 May 22 13:40 aliases.db

Those are correct permissions, from what I can tell. Any ideas? Now, here's the 
kicker: When I remove aliases.db manually, and then type "newaliases" 
everything is as shown above...*except* the user is root for aliases.db, 
and I don't get the silly error message anymore. (Scratches head)...I 
think I have owner or group permissions messed up somewhere, but I am not 
familiar with the inner workings of Sendmail to figure this out.

Any help will be greatly appreciated!

Gilbert Sebenste                                                     ********
(My opinions only!)                                                  ******

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