Recipes Simplify Sendmail Apps

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-03-01 Print this article Print

Craig Hunt's book "Sendmail Cookbook," published in December by O'Reilly & Associates, should help harried system administrators using the sendmail application to handle e-mail.

Craig Hunts book "Sendmail Cookbook," published in December by OReilly & Associates, should help harried system administrators using the sendmail application to handle e-mail.

"Sendmail Cookbook" (408 pages, $49.95) is not a primer for sendmail beginners nor a tome for experts. Rather, its a handy self-help manual filled with stand-alone "recipes" covering everything from controlling spam to routing mail to managing queues. The couple of how-tos I tried were written clearly and easy to follow and showed me how to invoke special header processing to add customized checks to sendmail.

This offering joins the very useful third edition of "sendmail," by Bryan Costales and Eric Allman, in OReillys Nutshell series dealing with sendmail. System administrators should seriously consider these two books, which provide an inside-out knowledge of sendmail.

More information is available at catalog/sendmailckbk/.

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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