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I have my crontab configured to mail to a specific address, for example purposes lets say "". is also the host name of my box, however I have my mx email records configured externally to point at gmail domain. All emails work fine going to and I log into there no problem.

However with crontab and I'm assuming other processes it sends the email locally, again assuming it thinks it should be accepting all emails going to .

Suggestions on how to fix this without breaking outgoing emails sending from the address?

Updated, the mail server is sendmail here is the config file:

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Which MTA do you have installed? What's the configuration? – mgorven Feb 21 '13 at 19:38
updated with info – Residual Envy Feb 21 '13 at 19:45
try to monitor /var/log/mail.log and verify that cron is sending to It is hard to believe that you local smtp forwards all mails to the right destination but not the messages from cron. – Tim Haegele Feb 21 '13 at 20:10
I never said that Tim, if I try to mail -s "Test" it goes locally as well. – Residual Envy Feb 21 '13 at 20:51
See… – adamo Feb 22 '13 at 7:35

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If you don't want mail send to not to be delivered locally, then remove the domain from the sendmail config file. It is usually under /etc/mail/ with the option name LOCAL_DOMAIN( Comment that out with dnl at the beginning of the line. If you can't find in that file, search it using grep in /etc/mail and remove it if is there to set local delivery of that domain.

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Commented out and restarted sendmail to no effect. – Residual Envy Feb 22 '13 at 20:51

Rename the computer. Anything that's not would be sufficient. After all, this computer almost certainly isn't. Perhaps or

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haha I love it. The problem is Michael that I still want outgoing mail to come from and renaming the computer something else appears to break that. – Residual Envy Feb 22 '13 at 20:51
So, place your desired address in the From: field, like you do everywhere else. – Michael Hampton Feb 23 '13 at 2:17

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