Today I had to figure out, how an Atmail server, which uses Exim as mail server process, can accept local e-mails, e.g. sent through mailx.
Postfix is also installed on the same machine and Postfix is called from the system. But even when I configured Postfix to use the local ip and the exim port, the mail was rejected by exim with the following error:
Oct 25 12:49:46 atmail postfix/smtp: CD2CF41791: to=
The problem is, that Atmail/exim checks if the sender address exists in the atmail database and/or if the sender address is valid. But as I'm on the same server I don't really care about verification and just want exim to accept the mail.
After a lot of try'n'err I finally got it working with the following configuration.
1. Set up Postfix as "local mailserver" besides Atmail/Exim but let it run under a different port.
Port 25 is already in use by Atmail/Exim, therefore the listening port needs to be changed in /etc/postfix/master.cf:
#smtp inet n - n - - smtpd # was
2525 inet n - n - - smtpd
In the very first (not commented-out) line is the standard listening definition. By default Postfix should listen on the smtp port, which is 25. But in this case I replaced smtp by "2525".
2. Make some Postfix modifications.
If not already done, set the correct hostname (fqdn) in Postfix's configuration (main.cf):
myhostname = mymailserver.example.com
Also set the relayhost to the same IP-address as this server (localhost or 127.0.0.1 won't work) with port 25 (= Exim):
relayhost = 192.168.23.23:25
Then start Postfix and verify the listening ports:
[root@mymailserver]# /etc/init.d/postfix start
[root@mymailserver]# netstat -lntp | grep 25
tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 5081/exim
tcp 0 0 127.0.0.1:2525 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 5711/master
3. Edit the Exim configuration file.
Add a line which defines the server's IP address in the acl_check_rcpt part but, very important, BEFORE the #
# Accept if the source is local SMTP (i.e. not over TCP/IP). We do this by
# testing for an empty sending host field.
accept hosts = :
accept hosts = 192.168.23.23
# Deny unless the sender address can be verified.
require verify = sender
In the case of Atmail, this Exim configure file is found in /usr/local/atmail/mailserver/configure.
After this, restart the Exim process:
pkill -HUP exim
4. Send a local e-mail and check logs.
[root@mymailserver]# echo "This is a testmail from Postfix to Exim on same server" | mailx -s "Mailserver-Talk" firstname.lastname@example.org
[root@mymailserver]# tail /var/log/mail.log
Oct 25 13:22:48 mymailserver postfix/pickup: 91D5241791: uid=0 from=
Oct 25 13:22:48 mymailserver postfix/cleanup: 91D5241791: message-id=<20121025132248.91D5241791@mymailserver.example.com>
Oct 25 13:22:48 mymailserver postfix/qmgr: 91D5241791: from=
Oct 25 13:22:49 mymailserver postfix/smtp: 91D5241791: to=
Oct 25 13:22:49 mymailserver postfix/qmgr: 91D5241791: removed
[root@mymailserver]# tail /usr/local/atmail/mailserver/spool/log/mainlog
2012-10-25 13:22:49 1TRNOa-0001Uu-L8 <= email@example.com H=mymailserver.example.com (mymailserver.example.com) [192.168.23.23] P=esmtp S=1448 id=20121025132248.91D5241791@mymailserver.example.com
2012-10-25 13:22:49 1TRNOa-0001Uu-L8 => user
2012-10-25 13:22:49 1TRNOa-0001Uu-L8 Completed
Maybe there's a simpler or better solution to that, but as I'm not at all an Exim dude, I'm already happy that it works. If you do have a better solution, please comment.
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