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Re: no mail from / for root

j_70 comcast net wrote:
Thanks for your help with this, I am learning quite a bit as we go.

ps -aeef | grep mail and ps -aeef | grep master
return nothing. Also, /var/log/maillog.1 has entries similar to what is below. Do I need to just open port 25 or enable the mail service, or both?? TIA.

Feb 12 04:02:01 RHESSV2 sendmail[31843]: g1C951vrB031843: to=root, ctladdr=root (0/0), delay=00:00:00, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=relay, pri=34082, relay=[] [], dsn=4.0.0, stat=Deferred: Connection refused by []

This would indicate that sendmail is not actually listening, you need to do the netstat commands in order to verify this (ps -ef tells you processes but you may (or in this case) may not be running a different daemon, as in my example, "tcpserver" would not show up in your grep as above)

The log message suggests that you are not actually running an MTA and this is your problem.

(mailer=relay and relay=[] as well as "connection refused by [] indicate the mailer is trying to use SMTP as a transport and failing as you are not running a listening MTA)

netstat -an | grep LIST | grep :25

If the above returns something then

netstat -anp | grep LIST | grep :25

Otherwise the problem is you are not running the MTA, try

service sendmail start


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