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Sendmail [Paperback]

Bryan Costales
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28 Dec 2002

Reliable, flexible, and configurable enough to solve the mail routing needs of any web site, sendmail has withstood the test of time, but has become no less daunting in its complexity. Even the most experienced system administrators have found it challenging to configure and difficult to understand. For help in unraveling its intricacies, sendmail administrators have turned unanimously to one reliable source--the bat book, or sendmail by Bryan Costales and the creator of sendmail, Eric Allman. Now in its third edition, this best-selling reference will help you master the most demanding version of sendmail yet.

The new edition of sendmail has been completely revised to cover sendmail 8.12--a version with more features and fundamental changes than any previous version of the Unix-based email routing program. Because the latest version of sendmail differs so significantly from earlier versions, a massive rewrite of this best-selling reference was called for.

The book begins by guiding you through the building and installation of sendmail and its companion programs, such as vacation and makemap. These additional programs are pivotal to sendmail's daily operation. Next, you'll cover the day-to-day administration of sendmail. This section includes two entirely new chapters, "Performance Tuning" to help you make mail delivery as efficient as possible, and "Handling Spam" to deal with sendmail's rich anti-spam features. The next section of the book tackles the sendmail configuration file and debugging. And finally, the book wraps up with five appendices that provide more detail about sendmail than you may ever need. Altogether, versions 8.10 through 8.12 include dozens of new features, options, and macros, and this greatly expanded edition thoroughly addresses each, and provides and advance look at sendmail version 8.13 (expected to be released in 2003).

With sendmail, Third Edition in hand, you will be able to configure this challenging but necessary utility for whatever needs your system requires. This much anticipated revision is essential reading for sendmail administrators.


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  • Paperback: 1232 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 3 edition (28 Dec 2002)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1565928393
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565928398
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 17.9 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,490,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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More About the Author

Bryan Costales: Author, Programmer, Geek

Bryan Costales is author of several technical books, chief of which is the O'Reilly "sendmail" book, also called the "bat book" because of the picture of a bat on the cover. He has written short fiction for over thirty years and has been published in Cantaraville Six, Micro Horror, in the Banyan Review, and Peridot Books. In order to hone his craft, he has been writing a bi-weekly short story for almost two years. Those short stories are available on Scribd. Also see http://www.bcx.com/novels/ for his current, past, and future technical books and novels.

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"If you are running a complex sendmail installation, possibly including multiple servers, mailing lists and the rest, you'll find this book invaluable."Computer Shopper, May 2004

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The new edition of sendmail has been completely revised to cover sendmail 8.12--a version with more features and fundamental changes than any previous version of the Unix-based email routing program. Because the latest version of sendmail differs so significantly from earlier versions, a massive rewrite of this best-selling reference was called for. With sendmail, Third Edition in hand, you will be able to configure this challenging but necessary utility for whatever needs your system requires.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic of Sendmail 7 Mar 2011
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Bat book is just invaluable. After years of having that book I still finding solutions that makes me looks like sendmail magician. It's heaving, but pretty nice in reading. For sure that books change a lot my approach to sending e-mails. If you are sys admin using Sendmail than this book even after time will offer plenty of important and "sends saving" informations. It's very in depth, but as I said: has nice flow in reading
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4.0 out of 5 stars If you use Sendmail, you should use this book. 11 May 2003
By Tim Greer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a very good book to read and reference and covers a lot. Although I don't use Sendmail anymore, I still reference it when I support a server that runs it and it coveres everything a book shoudl cover about a topic. It doesn't get all generalized and go off into basic installs and configures of other software and things just to waste more trees, it does it's job and does it well. It's *the* Sendmail book.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy the 3rd edition! 22 Jan 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
BUY THIS BOOK! If you have an earlier edition, throw it away and buy this book! If you looked at earlier editions and decided that they were not for you, forget the past ! Buy this book!
The third edition is more than a new edition; it is a complete re-write that vastly improves the sendmail book. The second edition had 38 chapters spread over a 1,000 pages. All of the details were there, but they were so hard to find, the index was the most used section of the book. Not anymore! Despite adding 200 more pages of material, the book has been reduced to 25 logical, organized chapters. Each chapter describes an important function and covers that function in a step-by-step manner.
The book is well organized, beautifully written, and a joy to read.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars There has to be better... 18 April 2005
By Joaquin Menchaca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I admire O'Reilly books for their uncanny ability to hook me into a lot of advance technologies. I desperately need to get a handle on sendmail for basic configuration, so naturally I come to O'Reilly.

I investigated this book several times, and though it looks like a great awesome and essential reference, it simply does nothing for those trying to get off the ground. I think it is only for advanced and seasoned sendmail administrators, but for those trying to get a handle on sendmail, this is not the book.

In contrast, I have books on postfix and exim mail systems by O'Reilly and these books are decent in getting you started. I am saddened that this is mainly a reference and not like other O'Reilly books. The book could have been called "send mail, the definitive reference".
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't limit yourself 20 Sep 2003
By Gene Ballard - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This is a great book if you are seasoned Sendmail admin with good C programming skills. I give 3 starts because it is so hard to understand.
I've been using sendmail for 3 years and I just tried Qmail and Postfix. I have chosen Postfix because it's so darn efficiant and configurable.
Viktor Duchovni, is a great help on the online community and the online docs are just as detaild as this sendmail book.
If you are stuck on sendmail then get this book.
But try Qmail and Postfix if you can...
BTW... RedHat lets you choose between Postfix or Sendmail. That means a lot to me.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is more like a reference manual 2 Mar 2006
By Srinivasa R. Kunamneni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book probably covers most information regarding Sendmail but is not meant for someone trying to learn how to configure sendmail. Most chapters have a small introduction and then go on to explain each feature/aspect in detail. For a beginner, it is difficult to connect the dots (features) and understand how to configure / run sendmail.
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