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the old "unable to connect to smtp server localhost:25" problem...

Discussion in 'Plesk for Linux - 8.x and Older' started by Wintermute, Feb 15, 2006.

  1. Wintermute

    Wintermute Guest

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    Running Plesk 7.5.4

    getting the following error...

    "There was an error sending your message: unable to connect to smtp server localhost:25"

    this all used to work..and no I am not at go Daddy.. I set this server up myself..and all was working until 2-3 days ago...
    I haven't changed a thing in the last 2 weeks except maybe adding a few new domains...

    sending email from horde gives same error...
    trying to send an e-mail to an account on the box from an account off the box gives an error like...


    Failed to deliver to '<user@mydomain.com>'
    unknown user account

    then a few hours later i get


    This is a warning message only.
    Your message remains in the server queue,
    the server will try to send it again.
    You should not try to resend your message now.


    Message delivery to 'user@mydomain.com' delayed
    SMTP module(domain mydomain.com) reports:
    mail.mydomain.com: connection refused



    I know qmail is installed.. and running...

    --------------------

    rpm -qa |grep 'qmail'

    returns 3 packages ...

    psa-qmail-rblsmtpd-0.70-fc2.build75050824.12
    psa-qmail-1.03-fc2.build75050824.12
    drweb-qmail-4.32-fc2.build75050824.12

    -----------------------

    ps -ef |grep qmail

    returns

    qmails 6530 1 0 02:22 ? 00:00:00 qmail-send
    qmaill 6532 6530 0 02:22 ? 00:00:00 splogger qmail
    root 6533 6530 0 02:22 ? 00:00:00 qmail-lspawn ./Maildir/
    qmailr 6534 6530 0 02:22 ? 00:00:00 qmail-rspawn
    qmailq 6535 6530 0 02:22 ? 00:00:00 qmail-clean
    popuser 6564 1 0 02:22 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/spamd --username=popuser --daemonize --helper-home-dir=/var/qmail --max-children 20 --pidfile=/var/run/spamd/spamd_full.pid --socketpath=/tmp/spamd_full.sock
    popuser 6566 1 0 02:23 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/spamd --username=popuser --daemonize --helper-home-dir=/var/qmail --max-children 20 --pidfile=/var/run/spamd/spamd_light.pid --socketpath=/tmp/spamd_light.sock
    root 8611 8311 0 03:39 pts/0 00:00:00 grep qmail

    ------------

    telnet localhost 25 (from the server's shell prompt)

    comes up with


    Trying 127.0.0.1...
    telnet: connect to address 127.0.0.1: Connection refused

    -----------

    netstat -an |grep ':25'

    comes up with

    nothing!

    -------------
    telnet ip.add.re.ss 25 (from outside the server)

    can not connect...

    -------------

    so i gather something is not listening on port 25 as it should be...but qmail is running...
    what else can I look for ?

    here is a piece of my /usr/local/psa/var/log/maillog


    Feb 15 03:08:26 vps105 qmail: 1139990906.487153 status: local 0/10 remote 0/20
    Feb 15 03:09:24 vps105 qmail: 1139990964.481754 starting delivery 5: msg 492216336 to remote user@aol.com
    Feb 15 03:09:24 vps105 qmail: 1139990964.481819 status: local 0/10 remote 1/20
    Feb 15 03:09:24 vps105 qmail: 1139990964.825984 delivery 5: deferral: 205.188.157.25_failed_after_I_sent_the_message./Remote_host_said:_421-:__(DNS:NR)__http
    ://postmaster.info.aol.com/errors/421dnsnr.html/421_SERVICE_NOT_AVAILABLE/
    Feb 15 03:09:24 vps105 qmail: 1139990964.826032 status: local 0/10 remote 0/20
    Feb 15 03:09:55 vps105 qmail: 1139990995.821743 starting delivery 6: msg 492216347 to remote user@my.loveweb.ru
    Feb 15 03:09:55 vps105 qmail: 1139990995.821807 status: local 0/10 remote 1/20
    Feb 15 03:10:55 vps105 qmail: 1139991055.952162 delivery 6: deferral: Sorry,_I_wasn't_able_to_establish_an_SMTP_connecti
    on._(#4.4.1)/
    Feb 15 03:10:55 vps105 qmail: 1139991055.952223 status: local 0/10 remote 0/20
    Feb 15 03:15:29 vps105 qmail: 1139991329.951797 starting delivery 7: msg 492216322 to remote user@optonline.net
    Feb 15 03:15:29 vps105 qmail: 1139991329.951862 status: local 0/10 remote 1/20
    Feb 15 03:15:31 vps105 qmail: 1139991331.926700 delivery 7: deferral: 167.206.4.79_does_not_like_recipient./Remote_host_said:_452_4.2.1_Your_host_209.x.x.x_has_no_DNS_record_. _If_you_are_using_a_firewall_please_configure_DNS_
    and_try_again_authoritative_host_not_found:_klanda
    u@optonline.net/Giving_up_on_167.206
    .4.79./
    Feb 15 03:15:31 vps105 qmail: 1139991331.926758 status: local 0/10 remote 0/20
    Feb 15 03:15:55 vps105 qmail: 1139991355.921780 starting delivery 8: msg 492216330 to remote user@gearypadnet.com
    Feb 15 03:15:55 vps105 qmail: 1139991355.921849 status: local 0/10 remote 1/20
    Feb 15 03:15:55 vps105 qmail: 1139991355.998264 delivery 8: deferral: Sorry,_I_wasn't_able_to_establish_an_SMTP_connecti
    on._(#4.4.1)/
    Feb 15 03:15:55 vps105 qmail: 1139991355.998305 status: local 0/10 remote 0/20
    Feb 15 03:17:00 vps105 qmail: 1139991420.991743 starting delivery 9: msg 492216345 to remote user@g14099.greatpets95.net
    Feb 15 03:17:00 vps105 qmail: 1139991420.991806 status: local 0/10 remote 1/20
    Feb 15 03:17:01 vps105 qmail: 1139991421.273736 delivery 9: deferral: Sorry,_I_wasn't_able_to_establish_an_SMTP_connecti
    on._(#4.4.1)/
    Feb 15 03:17:01 vps105 qmail: 1139991421.273777 status: local 0/10 remote 0/20

    I see the dns thing but that is something else completely...

    I have rebooted..and I have also restarted xinetd stuff...
    still same prob...

    I also just noticed that under the VMC (this is running in a virtuoozo VPS) qmail shows at stopped...but my ps-ef shows it was runing no ? I tried starting it from the VMC and I get

    error 703: Can not start/stop/restart services:
    service "qmail" status is not "running" after command "start"

    Please help...

    thanks

    winter
     
  2. Wintermute

    Wintermute Guest

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    FOUND IT!

    Found my solution in this thread...

    http://forum.plesk.com/showthread.php?s=&postid=134845#post134845

    smtp was looking for

    ./etc/xinetd.d/smtp_psa and
    ./etc/xinetd.d/smtps_psa

    but i had

    ./etc/xinetd.d/smtp.psa and
    ./etc/xinetd.d/smtps.psa

    instead..

    It seems renaming the files and a reboot fixed my problem.
    I still have no idea how it happened though...bug ?

    winter
     
  3. carver6

    carver6 Guest

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    Re: FOUND IT!

    Hmmm... 1/2 day later and found this post. I had the same problem. Have to wonder whats renaming the files. Anyway... PROBLEM FIXED!

     
  4. frostie

    frostie Guest

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    I'll add an update to this also. It appears I have had a similar problem in the past week. As a result i've been totally flumoxed as i haven't been able to find a solution... until now. Thanks to Wintermute for locating this issue.

    Does anyone have any idea how this happened? It's a very odd for this to suddenly change, especially given that I've made no changes to the system in months aside from the odd security update. File's don't just rename themselves...
     
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