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Old 03-30-2009, 05:35 PM   #1
areamike
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Postfix Dovecot send receive issues [RESOLVED]


Well, here I go again.

I am running CentOS 5.
I am using Postfix and Dovecot. I have had no problems sending/receiving mail until recently.

I have a domain name(we'll call it mydomain.com} and mx records pointing to my server. All of a sudden, I can send email out to ANY email address on the web. However, I can only RECEIVE email from mydomain.com. I cannot receive email from any other domains.

In other words.
If I send email from:
name@comcast.net
to:
name@mydomain.com
It never arrives.

However, if I send from:
name@mydomain.com
to:
name2@mydomain.com
It arrives just fine.

Sounds confusing, I know, but hopefully someone can shed some light for me.

The only "weird" thing I noticed recently was that my server time was off. After setting the time correctly, dovecot stopped working. I then had to start dovecot manually, then email started working again, but only as I described above.

Last edited by areamike; 04-09-2009 at 07:20 AM. Reason: Changed title to add resolved.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 06:50 PM   #2
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Mail sending is done by Postfix so it's unlikely that an issue with Dovecot would affect it (the Dovecot problem sounds like the time moved backwards hiccup, resolvable by running ntpd on your server).

Send a test message while tailing your mail log:

tail -f /var/log/maillog

and watch for messages from Postfix. There should be some good clues there to explain what's happening.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 07:01 PM   #3
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Thanks, I'll try your suggestion.

Oh and yes, I am now running ntpd on my server after researching why dovecot stopped when I changed my server's time.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 07:05 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by sleddog View Post
Mail sending is done by Postfix so it's unlikely that an issue with Dovecot would affect it (the Dovecot problem sounds like the time moved backwards hiccup, resolvable by running ntpd on your server).

Send a test message while tailing your mail log:

tail -f /var/log/maillog

and watch for messages from Postfix. There should be some good clues there to explain what's happening.
Welp, tried your suggestion and got nothing, nada zero.

All the maillog shows is the PLAIN type login from the email account through dovecot, but no email is ever received from outside domains.

Mar 30 20:05:13 www dovecot: pop3-login: Login: user=<areamike>, method=PLAIN, rip=::ffff:XX.XXX.XXX.XXX, lip=::ffff:192.168.0.111
Mar 30 20:05:13 www dovecot: POP3(areamike): Disconnected: Logged out top=0/0, retr=0/0, del=0/0, size=0

However, if I send email from user@mydomain to user1@mydomain, it shows in maillog as normal. But from user@anyotherdomain to user@mydomain, NOTHING!

Last edited by areamike; 03-30-2009 at 07:10 PM.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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How are you sending these mails...

From user@mydomain to user1@mydomain: which SMTP server are you using? Your ISP? Your own server?

From user@anyotherdomain to user@mydomain: same question... which SMTP server? Your ISP? Your server? Gmail? Something else?

When mail sent from an outside source (e.g. a Gmail account) is received at your server, Postfix receives it and will log the fact. If you don't see that happening then the outside sender is having a problem finding or connecting to your mail server.

- Check that Postfix is in fact running.
- Check that there isn't a firewall on your server blocking it.
- Check that the MX record for your domain is correct.

But you do need to explain exactly how you're sending those messages, i.e. via which SMTP server.
 
Old 03-30-2009, 07:50 PM   #6
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Postfix is running.
Firewall has not been changed
I have not changed my MX records in a long time, so I doubt that is the problem.

From user@mydomain to user1@mydomain: uses smtp.mydomain.com to send

From user@anyotherdomain to user@mydomain: uses smtp.comcast.net to send

It appears to me that ANY mail coming from anything other than smtp.mydomain.com is not being received by my server. It's almost like it is blocking anything not from smtp.mydomain.com.

The other thing is, the mail being sent from smtp.anyotherdomains.com is going out just fine to user@mydomain.com and is not bouncing back at all.

Last edited by areamike; 03-30-2009 at 07:57 PM.
 
Old 03-31-2009, 07:37 AM   #7
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OK, I think I found the problem.

COMCAST.

742BFC18056: host mx1.comcast.net[76.96.62.116] refused to talk to me: 554 IMTA19.westchester.pa.mail.comcast.net comcast 69.245.162.242 Comcast blocked. Please see http://help.comcast.net/content/faq/ES000001

So there it is. Apparently they finally caught on that I was using an smtp(smtp.mydomain.com) server occasionally other than theirs. I wasn't using it for spam, just for my own personal use, however, it appears that does not matter.

Thank you Comcast.

The funny thing is that I can send email from Windows Mail using user@mydomain.com through smtp.mydomain.com and it works. I still just cannot receive email from anything other than mydomain.com email addresses. Although it may be deceiving since I have relayhost=smtp.comcast.net in my Postfix main.cf

Last edited by areamike; 03-31-2009 at 07:54 AM.
 
Old 03-31-2009, 01:17 PM   #8
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OK, now I am starting to wonder if this has anything to do with PCRE. I recently thought I needed to install PCRE, however it was already on my box. I installed it anyway and it almost seems coincidental that accepting emails from outside stopped working around the same time.

This is driving me nuts.

I can still send emails out from my server to anywhere with no problems. I can receive emails, but ONLY from my FQDN of my server.
eg.
user@areamike.com to user2@areamike.com works flawlessly

user@comcast.net to user@aremiake.com NO WORKY!

dangitt, this is gonna make me crazy.

All, I know is that if I get this fixed, I am never adding or changing anything ever again on my Linux server unless it is broke.
 
Old 04-08-2009, 05:18 PM   #9
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About your problem...

Something similiar is happening with my pop3 server/service.

I can send email to any domain/email address on web, but I CAN NOT receive emails from ANY domain (anywhere), mydomain included.

Iīve made several changes in dovecot.conf but I canīt identify the problem.

Do you have any clue about my problem??...

Thanks...


Quote:
Originally Posted by areamike View Post
Well, here I go again.

I am running CentOS 5.
I am using Postfix and Dovecot. I have had no problems sending/receiving mail until recently.

I have a domain name(we'll call it mydomain.com} and mx records pointing to my server. All of a sudden, I can send email out to ANY email address on the web. However, I can only RECEIVE email from mydomain.com. I cannot receive email from any other domains.

In other words.
If I send email from:
name@comcast.net
to:
name@mydomain.com
It never arrives.

However, if I send from:
name@mydomain.com
to:
name2@mydomain.com
It arrives just fine.

Sounds confusing, I know, but hopefully someone can shed some light for me.

The only "weird" thing I noticed recently was that my server time was off. After setting the time correctly, dovecot stopped working. I then had to start dovecot manually, then email started working again, but only as I described above.
 
Old 04-09-2009, 07:19 AM   #10
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bono00,

I'm not sure, but my problem is resolved. I had change the listening port for smtp from 25 to something else. This worked for while and then stopped. I changed back to port 25 and now all is well.

Here is the tutorial I used to setup my Postfix and Dovecot on my Linux box.
Postfix -> http://www.linuxmail.info/postfix-sm...owto-centos-5/
Dovecot -> http://www.linuxmail.info/install-se...ecot-centos-5/
SMTP Auth for Dovecot -> http://www.linuxmail.info/postfix-sm...-dovecot-sasl/

First page is step one, setting up Postfix, Then Next is setting up Dovecot. You might have made changes to your Dovecot config that is causing the issue. Or it could be your postfix main.cf file has some wrong settings.
 
  


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