Sendmail “cannot open /etc/mail/local-host-name”: world writable directory

/etc/mail/ line 91: fileclass: cannot open ‘/etc/mail/local-host-names’: World writable directory
[root@test ~]# mailq
/etc/mail/ line 91: fileclass: cannot open ‘/etc/mail/local-host-names’: World writable directory
/etc/mail/ line 588: fileclass: cannot open ‘/etc/mail/trusted-users’: World writable directory

As Error clearly indicate that mentioned file have write access for other and group as well and need to change permission for this. So just change permissions and restart sendmail service as below :
#chmod go-w /
#chmod go-w /etc
#chmod go-w /etc/mail
#service sendmail restart
[root@test ~]# mailq
 /var/spool/mqueue (5 requests)
—–Q-ID—– –Size– —–Q-Time—– ————Sender/Recipient———–
qAHFnjL8006870      166 Sat Nov 17 07:49
                 (Deferred: Connection refused by
qAG9F7d9023285     5631 Fri Nov 16 01:15 MAILER-DAEMON


About Manish Jha

Hi All I am Manish Kumar Jha aka Alex Hunt. I am currently working in VMware Software India Pvt Ltd as Operations System Engineer (vCloud Air Operations). I have around 5 Years of IT experience and have exposure on VMware vSphere, vCloud Director, RHEL and modern data center technologies like Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000v and NSX. If you find any post informational to you please press like and share it across social media and leave your comments if you want to discuss further on any post. Disclaimer: All the information on this website is published in good faith and for general information purpose only. I don’t make any warranties about the completeness, reliability and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information you find on this blog is strictly at your own risk. The Views and opinions published on this blog are my own and not the opinions of my employer or any of the vendors of the product discussed.
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