O AliasFile=null: and Lenny’s sendmailconfig

As is described in the bat book, when you set:

O AliasFile=null:

no aliases will ever be found. However, if you put in your sendmail.mc:

define(`ALIAS_FILE’, `null:’)dnl

and the run sendmailconfig on a Debian Lenny, update_db will complain because it cannot handle the null: declaration. If you are bothered by this warning message, the solution is simple. Do not declare null: and instead:

# cp /dev/null /etc/mail/aliases
# newaliases

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