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for two days now I always get the following message when receiving or trying to send mails in /exim4/mainlog

2011-12-09 15:05:41 1RZ153-00028W-AS DKIM: s=gamma 
c=relaxed/relaxed a=rsa-sha256 [verification succeeded]
2011-12-09 15:05:42 1RZ153-00028W-AS 
[74.125.xx.xx] F= <> temporarily rejected after DATA

when trying to send mails. Receiving is also not working. Restarting exim didn't help...

Does anyone know what could be the problem?


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Almost certainly, the logs will give you a clue. Check /var/log/ / mail.log / mail/ or simply the syslog file for mail server log entries. The actual location will depend on your distribution and logging setup. – the-wabbit Dec 9 '11 at 9:26
@syneticon-dj Dec 9 14:16:09 nerdified exim[7717]: 2011-12-09 14:16:09 1RZ0J7-00020T-OL spam acl condition: warning - spamd connection to, port 783 failed: Connection refused Dec 9 14:16:09 nerdified exim[7717]: exim: could not open panic log - aborting: see message(s) above This is all I get. I even stopped spam assassin. to see if this helps... – spankmaster79 Dec 9 '11 at 13:18

Looks like a permission problem with the exim log file(s) - exim is apparently set up to write own log files (and not log to syslog), but is disallowed to write them by filesystem permissions. It depends on the distribution and your configuration what files and directories are affected. Running

exim -bd -d+all

should help resolve the issue as it will throw debugging output to stdout and tell you what file could not be written. Make make sure that the file(s) in question is/are owned by the exim mail user (use ps auxw | egrep exim to check for the user name) and the directory exists and is owned by the exim mail user as well.

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ok, i checked writing permissions and that is ok now panic log is now writable. But error still occurs on trying to mail. Also should I worry about this 14:52:56 8130 seeking password data for user "vmail": cache not available 14:52:56 8130 getpwnam() succeeded uid=107 gid=107 14:52:56 8130 seeking password data for user "www-data": cache not available 14:52:56 8130 getpwnam() succeeded uid=33 gid=33 14:52:56 8130 seeking password data for user "Debian-exim": cache not available 14:52:56 8130 getpwnam() succeeded uid=102 gid=102 – spankmaster79 Dec 9 '11 at 13:55
Check the exim log files for errors upon mail transmission again - they should contain something meaningful now. The cache not abailable messages should not be a problem. – the-wabbit Dec 9 '11 at 15:07
exim log still contains temporarily rejected after DATA. After turning off ACL and Spamassasin rejected RCPT is the message. Could it be domains are not loaded correctly from MYSQL? We use vexim... – spankmaster79 Dec 9 '11 at 15:14
@syneticon-df after commenting out acl_smtp_data = acl_check_content it works again. Something in there seems to be wrong that all mails are rejected – spankmaster79 Dec 9 '11 at 16:35
You should see something about the reason in exim's reject log. If you've set your log level to 0, you might not get a sufficient amount of information logged for meaningful troubleshooting. – the-wabbit Dec 9 '11 at 16:42

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