[conspire] Re: HELP - Can't Get Ethernet Card Working in Debian on Laptop
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Feb 17 10:49:59 PST 2006
(Mark, I hope you don't mind my CCing this mail to conspire@, because
the information is important to members.)
Quoting Mark Srebnik (msrebnik at earthlink.net):
> Hi Rick,
> Since I got several 'Mail delivery failed: returning message to sender'
> messages trying to send mail to the conspire list, I gave up and changed my
> subscribed email to my underlying earthlink address, then resent my email
> again. Looks that one got through.
> Just checked and I'd subscribed with my other address back on May 16, 2005
> as mark at marksrebnikarchitect.com.....
> Thanks for your help.
Glad to be of help -- but please be aware that
"mark at marksrebnikarchitect.com" is _not_ on the membership roster.
You should have no trouble joining that address, however, if you wish,
and you are very welcome to do so.
The usual reason people are unable to send from particular addresses to
linuxmafia.com is that their sending SMTP servers fail some of my
antispam tests, e.g., my SMTP server verifies that the sending domain
accepts return mail to the required "postmaster" and "abuse" accounts
(required by the SMTP RFCs), before it will accept mail from that
Indeed, that turns out to be the case, here:
$ dig -t mx INBOUND.MARKSREBNIKARCHITECT.COM.NETSOLMAIL.NET +short
$ telnet INBOUND.MARKSREBNIKARCHITECT.COM.NETSOLMAIL.NET smtp
Connected to INBOUND.MARKSREBNIKARCHITECT.COM.NETSOLMAIL.NET.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 ns-mr4.netsolmail.com ESMTP
250 ns-mr4.netsolmail.com Hello linuxmafia.COM [126.96.36.199],
pleased to meet you
MAIL FROM: rick at linuxmafia.com
250 2.1.0 rick at linuxmafia.com... Sender ok
RCPT TO: postmaster at marksrebnikarchitect.com
550 5.2.1 postmaster at marksrebnikarchitect.com... Mailbox disabled for this recipient
RCPT TO: abuse at marksrebnikarchitect.com
550 5.2.1 abuse at marksrebnikarchitect.com... Mailbox disabled for this recipient
221 2.0.0 ns-mr4.netsolmail.com closing connection
Connection closed by foreign host.
Mail servers are required by RFC822 section 6.3, RFC1123 section 5.2.7,
and RFC2821 section 4.5.1 (those being the Internet standards documents
that define SMTP) to accept mail to the "postmaster" account. They're
required by RFC2124 to accept mail to the "abuse" account. Yours
doesn't (yet) accept either of those, and you should consider fixing
I should hasten to mention that I'm _not_ trying to beat people up over
standards compliance. ;-> It's just that, since almost all spam _also_
violates the RFCs, refusing RFC-noncompliant mail is a good antispam
If you'd looked a few lines down below the top-line "Mail delivery
failed: returning message to sender" diagnostic, you'd probably have
We apologise if you have sent a legitimate
message and it has been blocked. If this is
the case, please re-send adding verified- to
the beginning of the e-mail address of each
recipient, cc to postmaster at linuxmafia.com.
If you do this, your message will
get through these restrictions.
If your message has been incorrectly blocked,
please let us know at the above contact address.
Please ask the administrator of your mail server(s)
to check the following:
The MX (Mail Exchanger) record is set correctly
for your domain name (This *MUST* be a hostname,
not an IP address.)
<> bounces are accepted. This is a standard
mechanism of SMTP for returning undeliverable
messages and *MUST NOT* be blocked or rejected.
It's also utilised by 'callback' probes.
A 'postmaster' account or alias exists and is
able to accept incoming messages. This is a
standard requirement for SMTP Internet mail.
If you have a static IP address, please ensure
that the reverse DNS (PTR) lookup record is set
correctly, if possible (Contact your ISP.)
Please contact your IT department or Internet
Service Provider (ISP) for assistance.
I mention all this for two reasons: (1) to clarify what happened.
I've now whitelisted your sending address, so your mail from
mark at marksrebnikarchitect.com _will_ be accepted categorically --
but you should be aware of the problem at your SMTP host because
it could very well cause you problems elsewhere.
(2) To remind CABAL members that I'm always glad to whitelist particular
sending addresses or domains upon request. _Please_ do let me know
if you hear of people having problems reaching us, and I'll fix them.
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