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18.3. Overview of Configuration Files

Traditionally, sendmail was set up through a system configuration file (typically called /etc/mail/, or in older distributions, /etc/, or even /usr/lib/ ) that is not anything close to any language you've seen before. Editing the file to provide customized behavior can be a humbling experience.

Today sendmail makes all configuration options macro driven with an easy-to-understand syntax. The macro method generates configurations to cover most installations, but you always have the option of tuning the resultant manually to work in a more complex environment.

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