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Re: recurring error in exim's log

On Fri, Feb 28, 2003 at 11:40:04PM -0500, ScruLoose wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I have this little issue with exim.  My setup is that I'm retrieving mail
> from several POP accounts (for one local user) with fetchmail, which hands
> off to exim. Currently I have exim filtering and delivering (maybe I'll get
> into procmail someday soon, but not yet).
> Now, my mail seems to be coming and going... mostly happily.
> But I keep seeing this in eximon (which is just showing me exim's mainlog,
> 22:46:08 SMTP command timeout on connection from miguel (localhost) []
> 22:46:22 unqualified recipient rejected: <fetchmail> H=miguel (localhost) [] U=fetchmail

That looks like exim is complaining because it can't deliver mail to an
address called 'miguel', which is missing a hostname.  I *think* you
have to add a 'qualify_domain' or 'qualify_recipient' line to
/etc/exim/exim.conf so that it has a default hostname to slap on it.

maybe you've done something odd to your ~/.forward that exim thinks is
an email address?

But, yeah, I only have a very, er, 'working' knowledge of exim (aka I
muddle my way through it, but don't *Really* know what I'm doing...), so
IANEximHacker, don't sue, eat vegetables, etc :)

> This has just started happening this evening... it may coincide with a new
> rule I put in my .forward file, but that's just a filter to save incoming
> mail to different mboxes in my ~/Mail directory (basically a clone of the
> rule that's been working fine for this list) so I don't see how that change
> would result in this complaint... ?

As I said, maybe it's a broken config thingy?  Do you mention the word
'miguel' in your ~/.forward or something?

> Now, I'm sure that somewhere in exim's voluminous heap of documentation,
> there's a bit that tells me what this means.  But if someone can either see
> right off what would be causing this, or point me at the appropriate *part*
> of the, ahem, 'fine' manual... I'd be grateful.

Oh yeah, been there and still am.  Exim may be 'well' documented, but if
you don't know mail systems like the back of your hand (as I certainly
don't), it's nigh impossible to get anywhere with it.

Rob Weir <rweir@ertius.org>				http://ertius.org/

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