[Mailman-Users] SMTP error "All recipients refused"

Dave Melton dmelton at banzuke.com
Wed Jan 10 00:37:46 CET 2001

Many thanks to Nigel Metheringham, who pointed me in the right
direction, and all the others who gave good suggestions!

The sendmail logs were interesting by their silence on the matter.
None of the outgoing Mailman traffic was even getting to sendmail. 
Mailman had SMTPHOST set to 'localhost', but localhost wasn't 
defined in /etc/hosts. Not sure why it wasn't there, but it wasn't.

I added 'localhost' to /etc/hosts and, within a few 
seconds, the system coughed up a large furball of queued mail. 
All better now!

Thanks again to everyone,

On Tue, 9 Jan 2001, Dan Mick wrote:

> > I've been a happy Mailman user for many months, with absolutely no
> > problems.  I just rebuilt my server from scratch using RHL 7.0 (previous
> > installation was RHL 6.1).  Everything else is back on the air, but I 
> > can't seem to get Mailman going again.  I rebuilt and reinstalled from the 
> > current distribution, created a test list, and subscribed myself to it.
> > 
> > Problem is, I can't get Mailman to send anything!
> > 
> > ~mailman/logs/smtp is growing rapidly, with lines like -
> > 
> > Jan 08 02:51:03 2001 (24659) All recipients refused: host not found
> > Jan 08 02:51:03 2001 (24659) smtp for 1 recips, completed in 0.067 seconds
> > 
> > 
> > When it says "host not found", how do I tell what host it was trying to
> > reach?  Seems like that would help narrow it down to whether Mailman
> > is sending to the wrong place or sendmail isn't listening...
> How about the sendmail logs?

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