Help with setting up a mail server

Cristiano Deana cristiano.deana at
Wed Jul 21 15:24:11 UTC 2010

On Tue, Jul 20, 2010 at 3:26 PM, Aryeh M. Friedman
<aryeh.friedman at> wrote:

> I am a consultant and was retained by my client to setup qmail or exim
> on a VPS running 8.0-STABLE (i386). After setting up the DNS (A record
> and MX record) we have been unable to send or receive mail.


a) check if your dns are correct:
# dig mx
# telnet 25

does it reply or not?

a) reply
 check if your mta is cofigured correctly:
 telnet 25 # write:
  mail from: aryeh.friedman at
  rcpt to: example_user at
  Subject: Test

 does it reply with a
 2XX code? with a 4XX code? 5XX code?

b) doesn't reply
 does resolve to your mailserver's IP?
 is your daemon runnig?

if you give us more REAL information (domain, ip, etc) we can hel you more.

Cris, member of G.U.F.I
Italian FreeBSD User Group

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