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Old 12-19-2004, 08:35 AM   #1
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POP3: local users uneable to receive local mail

I have set up a Mail-server ( POP3, sendmail, fetchmail, procmail) on a SuSE 9.0 box. Everything works great but local users ( local network: cant receive mail from each other.

#When I check the mail queue using :
sendmail -bp
#I get a
host map: lookup ( deferred
Deferred: Name server: host name lookup
#also when sending mail with
/usr/sbin/sendmail -q -v
# I get
<>...Transient parse error -- messages queued for future delivery Name server timeout
.... Deferred: Name server: host lookup failure

I have not set up any dns in my network, but have entries of all machines in /etc/hosts

Plz help!

Last edited by sucram2g; 12-19-2004 at 08:38 AM.
Old 12-19-2004, 05:26 PM   #2
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Do you have your hosts file set up similar to this:

localhost localhost.localdomain.yourmachinenickname localhost

??? If not, that may solve the problem.

I was getting terrific timeouts till I made hosts read that way.

I should add that this is a single desktop machine, not on a local network. I don't know if this works except for a single-machine setup.
Old 12-21-2004, 04:56 AM   #3
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THe layout is like this:

IP localhost.mynetwork localhost

it also has entries for other providers like and others used by loacal users.


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