Re: RESOLVED: all mail getting deferred
I once had a problem similar to what you originally described.
The culprit turned out to be a secondary mapping in hosts for the
address record of the MX. In this case, it was a very bad nonsense
address in the 192.168.x.x block.
Whether mail would be delivered or deferred seemed to rely on a
complex algorithm involving a coin toss and the price of beef.
On Wed, Dec 06, 2000 at 09:42:19AM -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I don't know how..or why .. but when i got in to work today i checked my
> system at home and all mail was delivered(haven't gone bakc in the logs
> yet), i sent another test mail from 2 different internet accounts and both
> arrived without being deferred.
> thats a big relief. maybe the DNS on that machine was out of whack and
> needed time to re synch.
> maybe santa cracked into my machine and fixed it or something..it is that
> time of the year .............
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Tue, 05 Dec 2000 23:34:28 -0800
> From: Nate Amsden <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: all mail getting deferred
> Resent-Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 23:57:05 -0800
> Resent-From: email@example.com
> very curious problem here, before i goto sleep i think i need to post to
> see if anyone knows what is goin on.
> i have one of my servers here on a fast DSL line, static ip, both
> forward and reverse DNS working, i even have a MX record pointed at it
> for one of my domains(linuxpowered.net), however all mail to it gets
> deferred by sendmail. I have also tried Postfix and exim and got similar
> results(mail would arrive but not get delivered. since it seems to be a
> generic mail issue i prefer to stick to sendmail on this as that is what
> i've been using for years(what i know ...at least i think i know).
> forcing the sendmail queue results in:
> Running VAA08195 (sequence 7 of 11)
> aphro@localhost... Connecting to local...
> aphro@localhost... Deferred
> for each of the messages, everything, localhost email, real domain email
> ..alternate vhost email everything is deferred. the real domain for this
> machine is portal.aphroland.org/22.214.171.124, i pointed the MX of
> linuxpowered.net to see if it was isolated for 1 domain and it is not.
> sendmail is configured to accept mail for both domains(and more),
> everything seems fine .. portal.aphroland.org has a A record for it ..i
> can send mail to it, sendmail accepts it, just refuses to deliver. ..
> i don't think it is related but earlier tonight i installed cyrus imapd
> to test it out, is there anything special to get sendmail to deliver to
> cyrus ?? when i saw incoming mail wasn't going to cyrus i re-ran
> sendmailconfig, at that point i noticed the domain i was using was no
> longer valid, so i updated to reflect the new domainname and have been
> having this deferred problem ever since.
> one thing about my domain aphroland.org, one of the nameservers is no
> longer valid(ns3.aphroland.org) however that does not pose any kind of a
> problem when sending mail to @aphroland.org so i can't see why it could
> possibly interfere with @portal.aphroland.org. I have even tried to set
> a MX for portal.aphroland.org with the same results ..something on my
> system is misconfigured ...i compared it to my main server
> (/etc/mailname and sendmail options) and they are almost identical .....
> any ideas ??