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Old 09-13-2009, 08:22 AM   #1
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root mail delivery in postfix enviornment


Hi all
being my 1st post I hope I am in the correct place. I have a new Vserver install running CentOS 5, which appears to be using postfix instead of sendmail which I am more used to. I am also getting used to using plesk 9.2.2 as previously I have done everything from the command line.

I am having problems getting root mail notifications sent to a mailbox I have created through plesk. At present I can see mail queuing to go from root@mylocalhost.mylocaldomain.com and for example apache@mylocalhost.mylocaldomain.com with the destination of root@mylocaldomain.com

I have multiple domains on the Vserver

I tried to modify /etc/aliases

root: me@mylocaldomain.com

executed new aliases and reloaded postfix but this did not work

maillog reports

mail for mylocalhost.mylocaldomain.com loops back to myself

mailq has reported

root@mylocalhost.mylocaldomain.com
(Unable to select desired mailbox)
root@mylocaldomain.com

I am thinking I am either missing something obvious in plesk, or I need to modify postfix configuration files further but drawing a blank at present. If anyone can point me in the right direction it would be appreciated.

Any more infor needed let me know

Many thanks

Maspry
 
Old 09-13-2009, 08:26 AM   #2
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Hello and Welcome to LQ,

Try this: create a file named .forward in the home directory of root and containing the destination email.
Code:
me@somedomain.com
.

Then restart postfix and check if it works by sending a mail to root. That is if your postfix is configured to send out mail to another MTA. For this you'll have to check the main.cf file in the /etc/postfix directory (not sure if it's located there on CentOS, this is the location on Debian based distros and might differ on CentOS).

Kind regards,

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Old 09-13-2009, 01:55 PM   #3
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Hello and Welcome to LQ,

Try this: create a file named .forward in the home directory of root and containing the destination email.
Code:
me@somedomain.com
.

Then restart postfix and check if it works by sending a mail to root.
Tried that, I am not convinced that 'root@mylocalhost.mylocaldomain' has a mailbox, since if i login as root and try go to mail then it does not exists.

Quote:
That is if your postfix is configured to send out mail to another MTA.
My assumption is that postfix is the only MTA however qmail does appear to be on the system I think....

Quote:

For this you'll have to check the main.cf file in the /etc/postfix directory (not sure if it's located there on CentOS, this is the location on Debian based distros and might differ on CentOS).

Kind regards,

Eric

Not knowing about postfix enough is perhaps my problem, also plesk seems to do many things with executables or at least moves some of the default postfix files involved (could be mistaken tho).

I could get round it perhaps? by adding a subdomain in Plesk based on the hostname and setting up a catch all rule to deliver mail from the host to my 'root@mydomain.com' but I am not sure if thats the best method.

There is a link I found which suggests a bug but only applies to plesk 9.0.1 from what i understand I am on 9.2.2 I believe.

http://kb.parallels.com/en/6129
I am still investigating and thx for the quick reply Eric!
 
Old 09-13-2009, 02:16 PM   #4
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I do not think the above bug applies since I see mail going to 'root@correcthost.correctdomain.com' its the host thing thats messing things up.

I guess 1 option would be to change the "system" roots email address from 'root@correcthost.correctdomain.com' to 'root@correctdomain.com' instead (hope this makes sence)

Thx
 
Old 09-15-2009, 03:05 PM   #5
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System was a MailDir format, under a qmail directory but postfix is the MTA. Messages are being delivered through the postfix local delivery process. root mail was being delivered to the plesk administrator through back end rules setup in plesk.

Closing this as just my understanding if how plesk/postfix works

Thx for the help
 
  


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