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Old 02-13-2014, 11:31 AM   #1
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system won't send emails, postfix installed but not starting.

Hi guys,

I'm having trouble with postfix on my debian 6 server. Emails didn't get sent, no matter what I did. I've tried uninstalling postfix and using sendmail instead, with no better result. Of course the server is connected to the internet ;-)

Now I'm back trying with postfix but for some reason, even though when I do /etc/init.d/postfix start it says "Starting Postfix Mail Transport Agent: postfix.", when I do "/etc/init.d/postfix reload" it says "Reloading Postfix configuration...postfix/postfix-script: fatal: the Postfix mail system is not running failed."

Sendmail is now completely uninstalled.
Uninstalling/reinstalling/reconfiguring postfix didn't help.

How do I get postfix to start?

Old 02-13-2014, 11:47 AM   #2
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I too have encountered this.
The solution that worked for me was to disable ipv6. It is set in /etc/postfix/
Disable with command (you should take a copy of first!):
sed -i s/inet_protocols\ =\ all/inet_protocols\ =\ ipv4/  /etc/postfix/
service postfix reload


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