another mail connundrum

Chuck Peters cp at
Sat Nov 10 01:28:38 UTC 2012

On Fri, Nov 9, 2012 at 2:51 PM, Gene Heskett <gheskett at> wrote:
> However, I just found, in /var/log, a mail.warn file that apparently is
> being written to with every message I send, warning me:
> Nov  9 13:53:08 coyote postfix/sendmail[14521]: fatal: open
> /etc/postfix/ No such file or directory
> One line of that for every message I post.
> This same error is showing up in /var/log/mail.err also.
> This is ubuntu-10.04.4 LTS, with just enough KDE installed to run kmail and
> a few games and its text based launching menu's.
> The sent mails go thru just fine regardless, so why is postfix even getting
> involved?

It has been more than two years since I was running 10.04, but from your
description your are sending your mail from kmail to your localhost smtp
server or postfix.  If I am correct and you want to stop the messages,
configure kmail to send your mail to your ISP's smtp server.  You would
also likely have the added benefit or your outgoing mail is less likely
to get flagged as spam by those receiving it.

You might also notice other log entries for an occasional system message
was sent via the program cron.


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