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Ubuntu problems
Email not getting to destination

WebmasterWorld Senior Member 5+ Year Member

Msg#: 3349798 posted 3:10 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

Hi Guys

I have an Ubuntu server for the last 5 months, no problems at all, today, emails are not working, I get no errors while sending/receiving.

Does anyone know the command while in ssh to tail the mail log? I have tried using tail -f /var/log/maillog and it just hangs. Is that the correct command for Ubuntu, it works on my Ensim server fine. I noticed the maillog on the Ubuntu server is mail.log

I ping the mail.domain.com and it has no loss or errors either.

Heres the bonus, if, I reply to an email from that server I get it but if I create a new email it doesn't arrive?

What commands can I try to check where the mail is going or see if they actually hit the server, they don't even bounce back as undeliverable!

Any help greatly appreciated



WebmasterWorld Senior Member 10+ Year Member

Msg#: 3349798 posted 12:49 pm on Jun 2, 2007 (gmt 0)

hi wheelie,

tail -f /var/log/mail.log and then send some messages while looking at the log.

you can also copy the last 100 lines of the mail.log to a text file to download and read at your leisure rather than going cross eyed at the live log:

tail 100 /var/log/mail.log > /www/sites/htdocs/log.txt

good luck. troubleshooting a mail server is a nightmare - my least favourite admin job ;)

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