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Connect only to one specified host V8.10 and later

Sometimes it is necessary to test sendmail without allowing mail to be delivered or relayed offsite. In the ideal test situation, it is preferable that the recipient and sender addresses are not modified in the process. After all, one needs to be sure that all headers will be correct, and that all necessary rule sets will be exercised.

The ConnectOnlyTo option provides just such a service by allowing all mail to be relayed to a single machine, regardless of how the mail is addressed. It is declared like this:

O ConnectOnlyTo=ipaddr                     configuration file (V8.10 and later) 
-OConnectOnlyTo=ipaddr                     command line (V8.10 and later) 
define(`confCONNECT_ONLY_TO',`ipaddr') mc configuration (V8.10 and later) 

Here, ipaddr is the IP addresses of the target machine to which all mail will be delivered. It must be given in the form of a dotted quad unless sendmail was compiled with NETINET6 (NET...) defined, in which case you can specify an IPv6 address.

The ConnectOnlyTo option can be used when testing, and commented out otherwise. The ConnectOnlyTo option should not be confused with the nullclient or msp features, which send all mail to a hostname that can use MX records, and thus is more versatile and does a superior job of forwarding mail to a dedicated mail server.

An easy way to create a target for the ConnectOnlyTo option's setting that accepts all SMTP mail, but logs and discards each inbound piece, is to add the following to a new and separate mc configuration file (don't change your main configuration file):

R$*             $#discard

This setup will cause all inbound SMTP mail to be discarded. Logs will include lines that look (in part) like this:

ruleset=check_rcpt, arg1=<recipient>, relay=host [addr], discard 

If you set up a host this way, however, understand that you should probably use a setup that is fully separate from the normal one. That way, user outbound email will still work.

The ConnectOnlyTo option is not safe. If specified from the command line, it can cause sendmail to relinquish its special privileges.

    Part I: Build and Install
    Part II: Administration
    Part III: The Configuration File
    Chapter 21. The D (Define a Macro) Configuration Command
    Chapter 24. The O (Options) Configuration Command