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Old 08-11-2008, 11:19 AM   #1
Sanford Stein
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Cannot save rejected e-mail anywhere

I am getting the system message "Cannot save rejected e-mail anywhere". My system is RHEL 5 and I am using cyrus to process mail.
I do have mailer-daemon and postmaster defined in aliases.
Anybody know how I can set up someplace to save these e-mails and eliminate the error message?
Old 08-12-2008, 10:06 AM   #2
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Have you checked that your disk or a partition is not full?

# df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3              31G  8.3G   23G  27% /
udev                   10M   92K   10M   1% /dev
/dev/hda2             7.3G  434M  6.9G   6% /home
/dev/hda5              38G  9.9G   28G  27% /var
shm                   1.8G     0  1.8G   0% /dev/shm
Check if any are at 100% ...
Old 08-12-2008, 01:53 PM   #3
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Thanks for your response.
No filesystems are anywhere close to 100%.

Old 08-12-2008, 02:15 PM   #4
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from the O'Reily sendmail book:
23.3.6 Savemail Panic

In the rare event that sendmail cannot dispose of a bounced message, it will preserve the qf file as a Qf file and log the message:

savemail: cannot save rejected e-mail anywhere
Losing qffile: savemail panic

The sendmail program tries everything possible to avoid this state (including bouncing the message, sending it to the postmaster, and saving it to a dead.letter file). Only if all else fails will it preserve the qf file as a Qf file.

In general this points to an alias problem with the user named postmaster or the owner of a mailing list. Such users are special. They must be able to receive email messages no matter what. They should be the names of real people, not the names of further mailing lists.
Old 08-12-2008, 03:34 PM   #5
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Lots of hits in Google for that error with solutions all across the board. some are file permissions related, others to do with aliases, others will mail server access rights, etc.. might want to give it a look.


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