"Periodic" e-mails

Chuck Swiger cswiger at mac.com
Fri Jul 13 20:22:56 UTC 2007

On Jul 12, 2007, at 4:12 PM, Jasvinder S. Bahra wrote:
> I examined /var/log/maillog, and saw something unexpected...
>     Jul 12 23:45:13 HOSTNAME sm-mta[580]: l6824ssQ008021:
> to=<root at HOSTNAME.DOMAIN.ORG>, delay=4+20:40:18, xdelay=00:00:00,
> mailer=esmtp, pri=21733613, relay=sirius.DOMAIN...DOMAIN.ORG.,  
> dsn=4.0.0,
> stat=Deferred: Connection refused by HOSTNAME.DOMAIN.ORG.DOMAIN.ORG.
> (Note, i've replaced references to my actual hostname and domain with
> HOSTNAME and DOMAIN.ORG respectively).

That kind of issue tends to indicate that someone missed a period at  
the end of the hostname in zone file specifying the MX record for  


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