Sorry if I insulted you -- no personal attack was meant towards you. I do appreciate the help, and I am not sure if you are the same as who hosts HostNed, but I could string a list of emails back from customer service that are laughable. I got one response from customer support that was more than a sentence long. Hardly the "Customer Service dedicated to professionalism with a personal touch is our specialty" that is claimed on the main page. Maybe I was just unlucky and got the guy who just got yelled at or something when my trouble tickets and emails came through.
Anyway, I am just frustrated. No offense, but the last emails I got from my last two trouble tickets, I knew I was on my own. They referred to cgi scripts as 'tricky'. I have been working on a HostNed server for a bit over a week, and I think we are at the end with them. It's a shame too, since I am so close to having everything put together. Getting sendmail to work will put us over the hump.
So, I finally got another trouble ticket posting -- this one answer a day is killing me too. I finally sat down and created three simple examples for them, including yours, to try and solve my problem. Hopefully they will come back with an answer soon. Meanwhile, I was wondering if there is another way to check that it is working with telnet, or some other networking tool.
Anyway, I guess I will start digging around on http://www.sendmail.org/faq/ for answers. Seems obvious that sendmail setup is not all that simple.