Postfix and Mail Blues

Erik Christiansen dvalin at
Tue Oct 7 09:26:50 UTC 2008

On Mon, Oct 06, 2008 at 09:22:26PM -0400, Hal Burgiss wrote:
> Has anyone been through this scenario and solved it:

Hard to say if we have the same scenario. What does "postconf -n" show?

> I had a working mail set up using Postfix on previous Ubuntu's. It is
> completely broken now. I am guessing the breakage occured when I
> upgraded to 8.04 but I didn't really notice until recently. 
> The weird thing is no mail goes anywhere, and nothing shows in the
> logs. 
> halb at honey:~$ tail /var/log/mail.log
> Oct  5 20:42:18 honey postfix/qmgr[5360]: 707AC5C803C: removed
> Oct  5 20:42:20 honey postfix/qmgr[5360]: 402145C803C: from=<halb at>, size=399, nrcpt=1 (queue active)
> Oct  5 20:42:20 honey postfix/qmgr[5360]: 402145C803C: removed

While I doubtless have less postfix experience than you do, the messages
are evidently being queued and dequeued. Hopefully "postconf -n" will
give some clue as to what it could be up to.

The log isn't showing "status=deferred" or any evidence of handover to
your ISP. I wonder what it's doing? What does "mailq" show?

> I am not necessarily hung up on postfix, but have used it for years without
> serious problems. Before giving up, I'd like to figure out what's so broken.

Sounds like a good plan. The next one could be even more trouble.


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