OT: Bounced Email

Drew Marshall drew.marshall at trunknetworks.com
Mon Apr 27 07:28:44 IST 2009

On 26 Apr 2009, at 19:48, Johnny Stork wrote:

> Oops, didnt give it a quick re-read before sending.
> Almost all my email from mailing lists comes in as bounces, such as  
> this one which came in from mailscanner- 
> bounces at lists.mailscanner.info. And every once in a while I get one  
> of those mailing list probe emails saying that my messages are  
> bouncing. I still get them, and mail elsewhere comes/go just fine.  
> But every mailman list I subscribe to seems to bounce messages to  
> me? I just got one of those probes from the spamassassin  
> list....most of the content removed below. I dont want to send the  
> whole probe message with all the headers since all mty hosts are  
> listed. But I can certainly send to someone off list if they might  
> wish to take a look and make some suggestions.
> Hi! This is the ezmlm program. I'm managing the
> users at spamassassin.apache.org mailing list.
> Messages to you from the users mailing list seem to
> have been bouncing. I sent you a warning message, but it bounced.
> I've attached a copy of the bounce message.

The mailing lists are designed to send their mail from an address that  
allows them to capture bouncing mail so they can do something about  
it. Mailman uses the <list>-bounces@<domain> address as it's return  
path so it can work out that mail received to that address is a bounce  
and not a new post (As would happen if the From address was the actual  
mailing list address).

The ezmlm bounce message you list doesn't actually say why your  
address rejected the mail, so I can't tell you why that might be but  
the mailman stuff looks fine to me.


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