Postfix and Mail Blues

Hal Burgiss hal at
Tue Oct 7 10:25:12 UTC 2008

On Tue, Oct 07, 2008 at 07:26:50PM +1000, Erik Christiansen wrote:
> Hard to say if we have the same scenario. What does "postconf -n" show?

I've changed settings a number of times, but the current output is ...

alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases
alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases
append_dot_mydomain = no
biff = no
config_directory = /etc/postfix
inet_interfaces = all
inet_protocols = ipv4
mailbox_command = procmail -a "$EXTENSION"
mailbox_size_limit = 0
mydestination = honey, localhost.localdomain, localhost,,
myhostname = honey
mynetworks =,
readme_directory = no
recipient_delimiter = +
relayhost = caddie
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:${data_directory}/smtp_scache
smtpd_banner = $myhostname ESMTP $mail_name (Ubuntu)
smtpd_tls_cert_file = /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem
smtpd_tls_key_file = /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key
smtpd_tls_session_cache_database =
smtpd_use_tls = yes

That relay host is another local linux system that I was trying to see
if maybe anything was going out the door and not being logged. Nope.
> 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?

halb at honey:~$ mailq
Mail queue is empty

Its a blackhole. It disappears. I've manually checked /var/mail. And
looked for .deadletter files and such. Any and all mail just vanishes
without a trace. Odd.


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