Category: Email Servers

Information And Howtos About Email Servers Such As Postfix, Dovecot, Maildrop, Sendmail

Email was the first “killer app” of the early Internet and today millions of emails are sent every day using a variety of emails servers such as postfix and sendmail. This section looks at how to use and configure email servers for sending and receiving email, mail filtering with services such as maildrop and procmail, and POP and IMAP servers such as Courier IMAP and Dovecot.

logwatch “postdrop Illegal seek” and “sendmail queue file write error”

logwatch is a daily process for reporting and analyzing log files and I recently started getting errors on one of the CentOS Linux machines I manage and no daily report. The particular machine gets thousands of bounced emails per day and the mail log files get very large. logwatch had been reporting to me every single bounced email message so the report emails had got very large before stopping altogether. This post looks at the error messages I got and what I did to fix the problem.

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Changing the Postfix maximum email size

I’ve recently had some of my customers emailing me large image attachments and my Postfix mail server has been rejecting them. A quick look at the postfix configuration showed the message size limit was the default so I needed to increase it. This post looks at how to see what the current email message size limit is with Postfix and how to change it.

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Dovecot dead but subsys locked error

When you restart dovecot, if it won’t start up again it’s likely the process crashed on startup but left the subsys lockfile in place. This prevents dovecot from starting up again. If you run /etc/init.d/dovecot status and get the error message "dovecot dead but subsys locked" then you have this problem.

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Spamassassion connection refused

If you get a message like the one following, then you are filtering emails through spamassasin using /usr/bin/spamc but the spamassassin service is not running. connect(AF_INET) to spamd at failed, retrying (#1 of 3): Connection refused.

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