I was wondering why it takes occasionally a fair bit of time for emails sent to me to actually hit my mailbox. I thought there might be a bit of a logjam somewhere between the mail server(s) and the sending server, so I did a bit of research. Right now, on a dedicated box I’m thinking of making my mail solution, I have a message that’s been sitting in queue waiting to be delivered to DH since 9:23 AM EST. Checking the mail logs revealed something rather interesting - “server dropped connection without sending the initial SMTP greeting”. So, I figured I’d do a bit of research on my end. From the box in question, to the mail server at DH, a transcript of a telnet command:
root@nova:/home/james # telnet fltr-in2.mail.dreamhost.com 25
Connected to fltr-in2.mail.dreamhost.com.
Escape character is ‘^]’.
Connection closed by foreign host.
Oops, I think the servers are hung. You weren’t counting on your email today were you?
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