I am running fedora 20 with postfix. It can send mail fine, but does not log anything and cannot receive emails. The packets are reaching the computer fine as I can see them come in when I monitor port 25 with tcpdump, but /var/log/mail.log does not exist, and no mail is deposited in either /var/mail/username or /var/spool/mail/unsername. I've checked selinux booleans, and they are enabled, properly. I'm at my wits end with this. here is the output of my postconf -n

alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases
alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases
command_directory = /usr/sbin
config_directory = /etc/postfix
daemon_directory = /usr/libexec/postfix
data_directory = /var/lib/postfix
debug_peer_level = 2
debugger_command = PATH=/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/X11R6/bin ddd $daemon_directory/$process_name $process_id & sleep 5
html_directory = no
inet_interfaces = all
inet_protocols = all
mail_owner = postfix
mailq_path = /usr/bin/mailq.postfix
manpage_directory = /usr/share/man
mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$mydomain, localhost
mydomain = dev.domain.com
myhostname = dev.domain.com
mynetworks_style = class
myorigin = $mydomain
newaliases_path = /usr/bin/newaliases.postfix
queue_directory = /var/spool/postfix
readme_directory = /usr/share/doc/postfix/README_FILES
sample_directory = /usr/share/doc/postfix/samples
sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail.postfix
setgid_group = postdrop
unknown_local_recipient_reject_code = 550
  • Are you logging at all? Fedora does not install a system logger by default. Oct 3 '14 at 22:05
  • what should I use? syslog? do I have to re-install postfix? Oct 3 '14 at 22:27
  • I use rsyslog, as I expect most people do. Oct 3 '14 at 22:31
  • I'm new to fedora. Thanks. Is there anything in my output that would break mail delivery? Oct 3 '14 at 22:36
  • Try to find out where postfix put its log. The log is valuable assets for troubleshooting your present problem and the future one.
    – masegaloeh
    Oct 3 '14 at 22:46

Not a problem with postfix. It seems you don't have logger installed. Try rsyslogd or syslog-ng.

  • Installed rsyslog, re-installed and restarted postfix. maillog folder was created, it remains empty. Oct 3 '14 at 22:42
  • *maillog file was created Oct 3 '14 at 22:49
  • Logging correctly now, but still doesn't receive mail from the network, only from localhost. Firewall issue? Oct 3 '14 at 23:32
  • firewall was blocking port 25. Works fine now, thanks. Oct 4 '14 at 0:28

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