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Well.. 2-days later, I guess itís finally time to ask for help. Hereís where Iím at:
I did a fresh install of 7.3, and at the same time, decided to replace sendmail with postfix. After the install, I deleted sendmail through webmin and setup postfix. It complained about my static IP not being in the inet interface, so I fixed that. First thing I did was try to send a message through a webmin user mailbox, and this worked. It probably would through pine too.
When I try to send, (relay I guess) through netscape or outlook, nothing! The connection just hangs and then times out with a ďserver not respondingĒ message. Iíve never seen anything so bizarre, as in, no useful error messages or anything. Hereís what I can tell you for sure:
- I altered the original main.cf configuration, but then reverted back to its default settings.
- My ISP does not block port 25
- My Linksys router has port 25 open
- I can ping mail.mydomain.com
- Thereís nothing with respects to an SMTP attempt in the mail logs- just pop3 logins
- Everything worked fine with Sendmail
- Iím not relaying through an ISP mail server- I should be able to send mail directly, or at least within my LAN
While my connection to port 25 is hanging, running iptraf shows that itís trying to connect. I meanÖ If I ďwasĒ making it as far as Postfix, wouldnít I be receiving some sort of Postfix error message, as opposed to a mere connection timeout message? I donít even think itís making it as far as postfix.
Any insight or direction would be very much appreciated at this point. Itís been a long past two days.
Just incase anyoneís interested, hereís a netstat Ė nlp
I noticed that, but have absolutely no idea of how it ended up that way, or how to change it. From all the reading Iíve done, Postfix, (at least in its vanilla state) should be able to function with a few changes to the defaults, but I wasnít so lucky.
So no, I donít want its listening limited to the local host, but I donít know how to change it. Is this a default thing it does upon install? Any magic fixes would be welcome
After several days of messing around with no luck, I wimped out and put sendmail back on the system. I was running out of time, and the barrage of anomalies that continued to emerge were beginning to take their toll on my patience. Appreciate the responses just the same.