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I'd like to confirm the meaining of a mail failure notice. Here's the message

Hi. This is the qmail-send program at mydomain.com
I'm afraid I wasn't able to deliver your message to the following addresses.
This is a permanent error; I've given up. Sorry it didn't work out.

<user@domain.com>:
1.2.3.4 does not like recipient.
Remote host said: 554 <user@domain.com>: Relay access denied
Giving up on 1.2.3.4

The way I understand this is, that 1.2.3.4 is not setup to receive mail for this domain.

dig domain.com MX shows

;; ANSWER SECTION:
domain.com.     6245    IN  MX  10 mail.domain.com.
domain.com.     6245    IN  MX  20 mx.anotherdomain.com.

(1.2.3.4 is mx.anotherdomain.com.).

The puzzling part is that I have reports that messages sent from gmail get delivered to this address.

P.S. Is this a proper question for serverfault?

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+1 for obfuscation of your real domain in the question (as it shows you have security in mind for your site) –  PP. Mar 26 '10 at 9:55
    
Maybe he actually owns and administrates domain.com and mydomain.com :) –  Aaron Tate Mar 26 '10 at 10:47

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It means to deliver the mail 1.2.3.4 would have to pass it on to another mailserver (because 1.2.3.4 is not the final destination) and it does not want to do that.

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thanks, that's how I understood it. any explanation on why it would work from gmail? (my suspicion is that one of the servers in MX works correctly) –  Unreason Mar 26 '10 at 10:08
    
Gmail's SMTP senders may be configured as authorized relay sources, on the mail server at 1.2.3.4. –  Chris Thorpe Mar 26 '10 at 10:54
    
Thanks Chris, that makes it clear –  Unreason Mar 26 '10 at 13:07

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