HELP: Can send but not recieve mail with sendmail; "Too many hops"...

HELP: Can send but not recieve mail with sendmail; "Too many hops"...

Post by Brando » Wed, 23 Jan 2002 11:35:01

I  have a local domain that has a Linux box connected to ADSL. The
Linux box is the primary nameserver running BIND9.  I have easyDNS has
a secondary nameserver and mail spooler, in case I go down to spool my
mail.  Also, all http (80), smtp (25), and pop3 (110) ports are
forwarded to my Sun box, hostname suburban.

The Sun is running sendmail and a pop3 server. I can send mail out
just fine. But, I can't recieve mail. I get "Too many hops" error.
From what I've read, this is probably because I have a loop somewhere,
but I don't know where.

Here's the cache of my DNS:

$TTL 86400      ; 1 day                IN SOA (
                                1997022704 ;
                                28800      ;
                                14400      ;
                                3600000    ;
                                86400      ;
                        MX      10
                        MX      20
ftp                     A
localhost               A
ns                      A
pop                     A
smtp                    A
www                     A

As you can see, my domain is Everything points to the same
IP address for the Linux box to handle. As for mail and http traffic,
that is forwarded to my Sun box with local IP addy (Linux

I have has the backup mail spooler. All mail should
go to first then to if that fails (If
this is wrong, let me know).

Like I said, I can send mail out just fine, but can't recieve it.

From MAILER-DAEMON Mon Jan 21 18:38:31 2002
Return-Path: <MAILER-DAEMON>
Received: from localhost (localhost)
        by (8.10.2+Sun/8.10.2) id g0M0cUU10890;
        Mon, 21 Jan 2002 18:38:31 -0600 (CST)
Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 18:38:31 -0600 (CST)
From: Mail Delivery Subsystem <MAILER-DAEMON>

To: postmaster
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/report; report-type=delivery-status;
Subject: Postmaster notify: see transcript for details
Auto-Submitted: auto-generated (postmaster-notification)
Content-Length: 15154

This is a MIME-encapsulated message


The original message was received at Mon, 21 Jan 2002 18:38:31 -0600
from []
with id g0M0cUT10890

   ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
554 5.0.0 Too many hops 31 (30 max): from <> via, to

Content-Type: message/delivery-status

Reporting-MTA: dns;
Received-From-MTA: DNS;
Arrival-Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 18:38:31 -0600 (CST)

Action: failed
Status: 5.4.6
Last-Attempt-Date: Mon, 21 Jan 2002 18:38:31 -0600 (CST)

Content-Type: message/rfc822

Return-Path: <>
Received: from ( [])
        by (8.10.2+Sun/8.10.2) with ESMTP id

Received: from
( [])
        by (Postfix) with ESMTP id 6C8BB20C0D

...(this is repeated over and over)

I have no idea where to start. Please, if you have any ideas, let me
Thank you,

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