E-mail to Solaris: Local configuration error?

E-mail to Solaris: Local configuration error?

Post by Edwin H Fun » Sat, 01 Aug 1998 04:00:00



Dear All,

We have a new Sun machine running Solaris.  Apparently our mail
configuration is set up improperly - we are not able to send mail to any
users on the Sun from another machine.  In fact, the mailer daemon, on
receiving an external mail message, keeps on sending mail to root due to
the error and keeps on bouncing back and forth until the file system is
all full.

The mailer daemon's mail message to root is as enclosed ("shadow" is the
name of the Sun, "rs733" is the name of an IBM RS/6000 trying to send
mail to a user on "shadow"; our domain name is "gsfc.nasa.gov" and both
machines are under the same domain.)

Any guidance or enlightenment will be much appreciated.  Thanks in
advance!

... Edwin Fung
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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From: Mailer-Daemon (Mail Delivery Subsystem)
Subject: Returned mail: Local configuration error


To: postmaster
Content-Length: 7708
Status: RO

The original message was received at Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:49:37 -0400
from rs733.gsfc.nasa.gov [128.183.153.19]

   ----- The following addresses had delivery problems -----

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
554 MX list for shadow.gsfc points back to nasa.gov
553 nasa.gov config error: mail loops back to myself

   ----- Original message follows -----


Received: from rs733.gsfc.nasa.gov by nasa.gov (SMI-8.6/SMI-SVR4)
        id SAA01569; Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:49:37 -0400
Received: from shadow.gsfc.nasa.gov by rs733.gsfc.nasa.gov (AIX 3.2/UCB
5.64/4.0
3)
          id AA20618; Tue, 21 Jul 1998 18:59:30 -0400
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:59:37 -0400

Subject: Returned mail: Service unavailable


content-length: 6650

  --- The transcript of the session follows ---
>>> HELO rs733.gsfc.nasa.gov
<<< 553 There is a local configuration error.  The hostname is not
recognized as
 local.

  --- The unsent message follows ---
Received: from shadow.gsfc.nasa.gov by rs733.gsfc.nasa.gov (AIX 3.2/UCB
5.64/4.0
3)
          id AA14217; Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:59:36 -0400
Received: from localhost by nasa.gov (SMI-8.6/SMI-SVR4)
        id SAA01562; Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:49:35 -0400
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 18:49:35 -0400

Subject: Returned mail: Local configuration error



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1. Email errors - Local configuration error

I'm hoping someone can help me clear up this 'problem', which may not be
sendmail, but in the client configuration.  If so, sorry to toss in the
off-topic posting.

Environment:
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My client email readers use the incoming mail server name:
    pop.domain.com

The return address is always:

The outgoing SMTP server is:
    mail.domain.com

Using Eudora, I noticed:
   Allow Authorization is ENABLED.

Last, I'm using <domain.com> under Domain to add to unqualified addresses in
Eudora.

Periodically, I find bounced error messages to our postmaster address, sent

    Local configuration error

The user/email varies, but the messages are the same.

Message sample:

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
553 pop.domain.com. config error: mail loops back to me (MX problem?)

Reporting-MTA: dns; server.gardeners.com

My host is running Compaq Tru64.  I have a /etc/namedb/domain.db file with
the following:

    domain.com.                  IN      MX      1       server.domain.com.

    ; pop/mail must be A record for reverse name resolution
    pop                     IN      A               1.2.3.4

The error message shows pop.domain.com for the X-Sender and the Message ID

Do I need to modify the <pop> reference or add an MX item for pop?

Thanks for the help.

Dale

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