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sendmail newbie - utterly lost !! -


i'm seriously struggling with setting up a network at home - so much for ambition !!

i have a fedora core 5 box acting as a PDC with a RAID 1 array and am using mdadm to monitor the array

i need to send mdadm alerts via email but can't get it to work ............ here's the setup

static IP:
hostname: boomslang

i have a Smoothwall box (internal IP which does DHCP for the rest of the network

to test the sendmail (which mdadm uses for the alerts) i use

echo "testing neill mail" | mail -s "testing" neill
(neill is a user on the PDC)

in /etc/aliases i have the entry
neill: sysadmin@myISP.com

sysadmin is set up as a mailbox at my ISP and i can send and receive fine from that mailbox (using t'bird from an XP machine)

when i run the sendmail test as root ithe PDC i get a 550 error as below: (email addresses edited)


The original message was received at Tue, 16 May 2006 23:35:20 +0100
from localhost.localdomain []

   ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors -----
    (reason: 550-Verification failed for <root@localhost.localdomain>)
    (expanded from: <neill@localhost.localdomain>)

   ----- Transcript of session follows -----
... while talking to mx.core.plus.net.:

>>>>>> DATA

<<< 550-Verification failed for <root@localhost.localdomain>
<<< 550-REJECTED: Cannot route message
<<< 550 Sender verify failed
550 5.1.1 sysadmin@myISP.com... User unknown
<<< 503 valid RCPT command must precede DATA

Reporting-MTA: dns; localhost.localdomain
Received-From-MTA: DNS; localhost.localdomain
Arrival-Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 23:35:20 +0100

Final-Recipient: RFC822; neill@localhost.localdomain
X-Actual-Recipient: RFC822; sysadmin@myISP.com
Action: failed
Status: 5.1.1
Remote-MTA: DNS; mx.core.plus.net
Diagnostic-Code: SMTP; 550-Verification failed for <root@localhost.localdomain>
Last-Attempt-Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 23:35:20 +0100

root <root@localhost.localdomain>
Tue, 16 May 2006 23:35:20 +0100

testing neill mail


i get a similar error if i run the mdadm test command

mdadm --follow --scan --daemonise --delay=10 --test

this means zip to me !! ;(

i'm clearly missing something obvious but i've read some sendmail FAQs, docs and the like and am now simply more confused than ever

anyone able to help me out please ?

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babysnakeAuthor Commented:

a long noght reading through the forums gives me this ....

my ISP cannot resolve root@localhost.localdomain ... fair enough

so it rejects the mail as 'unrouteable'

how do i get round this ?

(i accept i get the message, insofar as i get an error with the message attached, but aesthetics and education demand i fix this - or is it unfixable in this environment ?)
The remote host refuses to accept messages from sender without internet reachable domain [localhost.localdomain]. The check has been widely added as one of anti-spam prevention measures.

Make your hosts know and report its proper internet name.

babysnakeAuthor Commented:
thanks anfi

i'll try that

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