5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 27, 2009 11:49 AM by pacmult
pacmult Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I'm running an EIMS 3.3 mail server, on a G5 iMac 1.8 ghz, OSX 10.4.11. The system worked well for years. I went to an Xserve colo, and now moved, and am trying to resurrect the EIMS mail server.

Email accounts hosted by the server exchange happily whether client is local or remote. Outgoing email to anyone goes through fine. My server sees no connections to deliver mail from the outside world (domains), but remote users can check their accounts.

telnet pacmult.com 25 gets me

Trying 127.0.0.1...
Connected to pacmult.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
Connection closed by foreign host.

Nothing in the error logs, mails hit their accounts ok, just no connections or mail coming in.

Wha???????? Any good SMTP geeks on call? Thanks.....

Message was edited by: pacmult No wifi or internal router, just a cable modem to the server, firewall is in the iMac only, and results are the same with firewall off.

Many, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • 1. Re: Mail Server deaf to incoming SMTP
    pterobyte Level 6 Level 6 (10,910 points)
    Check the logs on your server. They should show, why it is closing down the connection. If there is nothing in the logs, chances are you are connecting to the wrong IP in which case you need to check your DNS.

    Also, check you are not running EIMS and OS X mail services at the same time.
  • 2. Re: Mail Server deaf to incoming SMTP
    pacmult Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Pterry, thanks for piping up.

    I checked all the logs (that I can find), and I don't see a reference to these connection failures. If you can name a particular log of interest, I'll copy it here.

    My EIMS logs show no errors, either in the main error log, or receive error log, as it's the mail server appears to never see these incoming attempts.

    It was a good idea to check, but I show no other mail services running that would interfere.

    I called my cable company and asked if they had a smtp block on my leg, and they swore they different. My old ISP in LA said he's showing a smpt block of some sort.

    I tried to send an email to a local account from my yahoo account, and got this daemon bounce:

    Hi. This is the qmail-send program at yahoo.com.
    I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
    This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

    <xxxxx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx.com>:
    Connected to 65.175.133.72 but connection died. (#4.4.2)
    I'm not going to try again; this message has been in the queue too long.

    I checked the mx record, and it appears to be correct.

    Day 3, I'm still looking.......
  • 3. Re: Mail Server deaf to incoming SMTP
    pterobyte Level 6 Level 6 (10,910 points)
    Who is Pterry?

    Should OS X Mail server be running, then you would see it in /var/log/mail.log

    Issue: "sudo serveradmin status mail" to see if OS X mail services seem to be running.

    Also, has your server been assigned the IP 65.175.133.72 directly or is it "NATted" to a private IP? If the latter, make sure port 25 is mapped to the correct internal IP.

    Assuming the IP and port are ending up in the right place, then it is definitely your server closing the connection:

    ---
    telnet 65.175.133.72 25
    Trying 65.175.133.72...
    Connected to pacmult.com.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    Connection closed by foreign host.
    ---
  • 4. Re: Mail Server deaf to incoming SMTP
    Antonio Rocco Level 6 Level 6 (10,180 points)
    Hi

    mail.pacmult.com is an alias for www.pacmult.com. I'm not sure how important that is but I would have thought you should have an MX Record. Just doing a quick check shows the only thing that looks like an MX Record for your domain is:

    pacmult.com. 85957 IN MX 10 www.pacmult.com.

    Port 25 is not responding but I can telnet on ports 80 and 110.

    telnet mail.pacmult.com 80
    Trying 65.175.133.72...
    Connected to www.pacmult.com.
    Escape character is '^]'.

    and:

    telnet mail.pacmult.com 110
    Trying 65.175.133.72...
    Connected to www.pacmult.com.
    Escape character is '^]'.
    +OK pacmult.com running EIMS X 3.3.7 <979052769-692043112-9245919389245919389245@pacmult.com>

    Tony
  • 5. Re: Mail Server deaf to incoming SMTP
    pacmult Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you Antonio and Pterabyte:

    Corrupt prefs. I threw out the prefs and started over and the outside connections came flying in. Something was stuck that was only allowing local accounts to access through port 25.

    All is well. Thank you guys for responding!

    bob