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It turns out all I needed to do was restart rsyslog as per https://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/165201/postfix-no-longer-logs-to-var-log-mail-after-it-has-been-deleted-and-re-created (although this relates to Postfix which is not my query)


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If your lucky, it's an update of default configuration. To confirm it, list directories in your /var/mail You should find a directory for a domain, then a directory for your user like: user@domain.tld > /var/mail/domain.tld/user/ A mail directory should have at least directories : cur, new, tmp Each file in thoses directories are a single mail. Check into ...


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Sendmail by default auto-configures list of local email domains. It can be tuned off by the following line in sendmail.mc: define(`confDONT_PROBE_INTERFACES',`True') You can check list of local email domains using echo '$=w' | sendmail -bt You can manually add domains to local email domains via /etc/mail/local-host-names file (one domain per line). ` ...


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IF you use sendmail (by sendmail.org) command to send email THEN messages are passed to local sendmail daemon listening at 127.0.0.1:25. It was introduced ib sendmail-8.12 to avoid installation as set root id program. It had been huge security risk. Your smart host configuration in sendmail.cf should affect next hop.


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