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Old 11th June 2008, 15:47
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Default Emails With Periods Not Working

We've setup several email accounts on a domain with periods "." in them and they are not working properly. They are set to forward only however they do nothing. An example email is samuch.samuch@host.com

Email addresses without the period work just fine and forward as expected.

Any thoughts on where to look or if this is a known issue?

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Old 11th June 2008, 20:11
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Hello,
I have detected the same problem and also detected the following:

The /etc/passwd file is ¿corrupted?. It has lots of lines with the line splited at the end of the name of the user. Also it repeats the second half of the line lots of times.

Example in the same order it appears on the file:
**********************************************
....
....
:/var/www/web2/user/firstname.lastname:/bin/false
....
....
:/var/www/web2/user/firstname.lastname:/bin/false
....
....
:/var/www/web2/user/firstname.lastname:/bin/false
....
a total of 25 times ....
....
Normal /etc/passwd lines
....
firstname.lastname:x:13038:10002:firstname middlename lastname
:/var/www/web2/user/firstname.lastname:/bin/false
....
....
************************************************** ***
In the /etc/mail/virtusertable everything seems to be ok.

Also when a email is received, if the acount is redirected, the following shows up in the /var/log/maillog file:

"SYSERR(root): forward: no home"

Thank's in advance....Larry.
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Old 11th June 2008, 20:35
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We've setup several email accounts on a domain with periods "." in them and they are not working properly. They are set to forward only however they do nothing. An example email is samuch.samuch@host.com

Email addresses without the period work just fine and forward as expected.

Any thoughts on where to look or if this is a known issue?

Thanks!
There is no known issue, my personal email addrss contains a dot too. Please post a excerpt of your mail log file with the lines that apper when you send a email to such a account.
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Old 11th June 2008, 21:14
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Jun 11 18:37:35 ns4 sendmail[4425]: NOQUEUE: connect from rv-out-0708.google.com [209.85.198.240]
Jun 11 18:37:36 ns4 sendmail[4425]: m5BGbZVt004425: from=<javier.net.68@gmail.com>, size=1840, class=0, nrcpts=1, msgid=<2bcbdb9b0806110937q77b60739kf623ccfd74073c8 d@mail.gmail.com>, proto=ESMTP, daemon=MTA, relay=rv-out-0708.google.com [209.85.198.240]
Jun 11 18:37:36 ns4 sendmail[4451]: m5BGbZVt004425: SYSERR(root): forward: no home
Jun 11 18:37:36 ns4 sendmail[4451]: m5BGbZVt004425: to=<antonio.coca@cunef.edu>, delay=00:00:01, xdelay=00:00:00, mailer=local, pri=32057, dsn=2.0.0, stat=Sent
Jun 11 18:37:36 ns4 sendmail[4451]: m5BGbZVt004425: done; delay=00:00:01, ntries=1
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Old 12th June 2008, 14:47
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After testing I've found that the problem only happens with email clients. If I use sendmail on the same server or even outside one, it goes through fine:

echo "test" | mail -s testsubject first.last@problemdomain.com

However, I watch the email leave the mail server using a client and it showed as delivered fine. They don't bounce back. The only difference I can think is the server said it converted to MIME first.

lrider, can you test with the sendmail line above and see if it works for you?

Till, can you think of where I can look on the mail server to see where the emails are coming in? The /var/log/mail.err, mail.info, mail.warn are all empty
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Does the MX record for the domain point to the correct server? You can check that with
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dig mx yourdomain.com
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I don't think it could be MX related as any email addresses that don't have periods work just fine.
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