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Re: E-mail problem, probably a postfix config problem, HELP!

From: Ryan W. Maple <ryan_at_nospam>
Date: Wed Jul 18 2001 - 18:09:21 GMT
To: engarde-users@engardelinux.org

Not exactly a "problem", but it probably does belong in the FAQ. Here is a sound byte:

<SOUND BYTE>
  By default, many services send email to the 'root' account on the local   machine. This is done by programs run from cron and the "Daily   Summary."

  All mail to root, by default, is sent to the 'postfix' account. This   should be changed to a normal user by editing the file   /etc/postfix/aliases. You should change the line:

    root: postfix

  to:

    root: <username>

  Where <username> is a user on the local machine.

  This is a known issue and will be addressed with our 2.0 release. </SOUND BYTE>

:)

-r

 +-- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --+ Ryan W. Maple "I dunno, I dream in Perl sometimes..." -LW Guardian Digital, Inc. ryan@guardiandigital.com  +-- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --+

On Wed, 18 Jul 2001, Jeff Baldwin wrote:

> Hahaha, now thats a good answer. Ryan is this a known problem that should be included in the
> Support FAQ?
>
> Thanks
>
> Jeff
>
> "Ryan W. Maple" wrote:
>
> > Okay. Take a look at:
> >
> > /etc/postfix/aliases
> >
> > In particular, look at these lines:
> >
> > # Person who should get root's mail. This alias
> > # must exist.
> > # CHANGE THIS LINE to an account of a HUMAN
> > root: postfix
> >
> > This is one of those things that is going into 2.0 development. Change
> > that to you and you'll now get all those lovely cron and other
> > "administrative" emails. ;)
> >
> > On Wed, 18 Jul 2001, Bob Compton wrote:
> >
> > > I decided to dump my original setup and re-installed EnGarde on my box on July 3.
> > > After that I got so busy working on other things, I just today noticed that I wasn't
> > > getting my usual daily log analysis via e-mail. Of course, the first thing I checked
> > > was the setup in the WebTool. All the correct e-mail addresses were in all the correct
> > > spots (I think). So, I PuTTY'd in and su'd root. Upon checking the /var/spool/mail
> > > directory I found a file called postfix with a size of over 600K! So I cat postfix|more
> > > and found it contained all the outgoing e-mails that haven't yet been delivered!
> > > Several of them contain other error messages that I'll have to deal with after getting
> > > this one fixed... Any ideas as to why postfix isn't picking up the mail for delivery?
> > >
> > > A ps -ef garners (in part) the following entries:
> > > postfix 18156 319 0 09:58 ? 00:00:00 pickup -l -t fifo -c
> > > postfix 18157 319 0 09:58 ? 00:00:00 qmgr -l -t fifo -u -c
> > >
> > > What am I missing? Boy do I feel dumb...


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