Confused operator, server down ...

G. Armour Van Horn vanhorn at
Fri Jan 17 11:19:31 GMT 2003

Julian Field wrote:

> >Everything in both and looks rational, although I don't
> >have a copy from a week ago to compare with. Both are set to localhost,
> >
> >
> >If I send a message outside the system from the command line it never gets
> >there. Messages from outside aren't getting in, I just got a notice that a
> >message I sent 24 hours ago hasn't been delivered, "Connection refused."
> >
> >Telnet to port 25 from outside also gets "Connection refused."
> That will be because you set the DaemonOptions to only listen on localhost,

Okay, I guess I had it backwards. I thought the new trick was to have
handle the outside world, with restricted to localhost. Now that
I've got DaemonOptions set for the public address in,
/var/spool/ is accumulating a lot of mail.

Alas, /var/spool/mqueue isn't growing at all yet. Every five seconds (yes, I
changed the default, it seemed harmless) I get this in maillog:

Jan 17 03:09:34 verbose MailScanner[13023]: MailScanner
Jan 17 03:09:34 verbose MailScanner[13023]: MailScanner E-Mail Virus Scanner
version 4.11-1 starting...

In top and ps I see frequent entries like this one from ps aux:
root     13069  4.6  0.0     0    0 ?        Z    03:10   0:00 [MailScanner

> Do
> sendmail -bv root
> to see where sendmail will actually try to deliver the message.

[root at verbose mail]# sendmail -bv vanhorn
vanhorn... deliverable: mailer local, user vanhorn
[root at verbose mail]# sendmail -bv root
vanhorn... deliverable: mailer local, user vanhorn

But as far as I can see it doesn't actually try to deliver anything.

So I'm getting closer, but I'm not there yet. Any more places to check?


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