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  1. #11

    Re:Mail Problems

    hello,
    there are messages from my mail server saying
    **********************************************
    ** THIS IS A WARNING MESSAGE ONLY **
    ** YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESEND YOUR MESSAGE **
    **********************************************

    The original message was received at Wed, 19 Feb 2003 23:09:19 -0600
    from pbharris@localhost

    ----- Transcript of session follows -----
    pbharris_359@yahoo.com... Deferred: Connection refused by localhost.localdomain.
    Warning: message still undelivered after 4 hours
    Will keep trying until message is 5 days old
    this one i eventually got back, my other one sent to my isp email was never delievered. i am guessing my ISP emails system filters for mail from unreolved hosts and junks them.

    paul


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    Re:Mail Problems

    [quote author=pbharris link=board=1;threadid=6409;start=0#60604 date=1045934626]
    hello,
    there are messages from my mail server saying

    pbharris_359@yahoo.com... Deferred: Connection refused by localhost.localdomain.
    this one i eventually got back, my other one sent to my isp email was never delievered. i am guessing my ISP emails system filters for mail from unreolved hosts and junks them.

    paul


    [/quote]

    So your own server refuses connection? Do you have anything listening on port 25 at all? (Check [x]inetd.conf)

    While it might well be possible that your isp blocks unresolvable IP addresses your mailserver should still send a bounce message saying delivery has failed and why. Mail should never just disappear... Something seems very wrong here.

    I don't even know the name of the log files sendmail uses but you should try monitoring them with tail -f while you send mail and see if you get any pointers as to where in the process the mail vanishes.

  3. #13

    Re:Mail Problems

    hi demain,
    here is what i have from the tail -f message:

    Feb 23 12:35:38 bugs sendmail[11666]: h1NIZbto011666: to=pbharris@covad.net, ctladdr=pbharris (500/100), delay=00:00:01, xdelay=
    00:00:00, mailer=relay, pri=30039, relay=localhost.localdomain. [127.0.0.1], dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: Connection refused by loc
    alhost.localdomain.
    Feb 23 12:45:23 bugs sendmail[11915]: h1NIjLV5011915: from=xplanet, size=57851, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<200302231845.h1NIjLV5011915@bugs.harris. org>, relay=xplanet@localhost
    Feb 23 12:45:23 bugs sendmail[11915]: h1NIjLV5011915: to=xplanet, ctladdr=xplanet (502/501), delay=00:00:02, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=relay, pri=30245, relay=localhost.localdomain. [127.0.0.1], dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: Connection refused by localhost.localdomain.
    one thing i don't get is it looks like xplanet is mailing something and i don't have xmail mailing anything, cron does mail things too explanet though... that is the xplanet you wrote a PET for

  4. #14
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    Re:Mail Problems

    That sure looks like there's nothing listening on the smtp port (connection refused by localhost.localdomain). Try telnetting to the smtp port: type the things written in italics:

    telnet 127.0.0.1 25
    Trying 127.0.0.1...
    Connected to 127.0.0.1.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    220 hamilton ESMTP Exim 3.36 #1 Mon, 24 Feb 2003 15:14:48 +0100
    HELO localhost.localdomain
    250 hamilton Hello demian at hamilton [127.0.0.1]
    quit
    221 hamilton closing connection
    Connection closed by foreign host.

    If what you get looks somewhat like the above there's actually a daemon listening on port 25. Also try localhost and your hostname instead of 127.0.0.1

    If the initial telnet call results in a connection refused then there's nothing listening to that port. Check inet.conf (or xinetd.conf) for a line starting with smtp then.

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