Mail Delivery within Local Domain Takes Hours

Chuck Swiger cswiger at
Fri Feb 6 12:25:58 PST 2004

Maxine Simpson wrote:
[ ... ]
> 	3.  Mail between users in our local domain (user1 at to
> user2 at takes ~4 hours to be delivered.  (???)
> 	Any thoughts on what might be causing this?

Several, although you should look at /var/log/maillog and see what's really 
going on.  :-)  The four-hour interval is sendmail's normal "retry after a 
failed delivery attempt timeout", only the initial delivery attempt shouldn't 
fail when the mail is local.

If you're running a recent sendmail, make sure you've got both the MTA (as 
root) and the client MSP queue running (as smmsp).

Perhaps try:

	echo '3,0 user1 at' | sendmail -bt

...that should end with something like:

parse            returns: $# local $: user1


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