Sending mail to addresses

Tim Wiser timw at
Thu Jun 27 13:13:05 BST 2002


I'm having problems sending email to addresses for some reason.
It takes 3 mins for a message to be accepted for delivery by the server,
which is running Sendmail.  All other addresses work fine - it's just
Hotmail addresses that have this problem.  I think it's related to DNS; my
reasons being that if I telnet to the server on port 25 and try to send a
message directly that way, it takes a while to accept the "RCPT TO:
mailto:user at line.  This line is eventually accepted, but it can
take up to three minutes to do so.....

mail2# telnet mail2 25
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.
220 ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.6/8.11.6; Thu, 27 Jun 2002
20:14:55 +0100 (BST)
250 Hello [], pleased to meet
MAIL FROM: me at
[ 1 sec delay ]
250 2.1.0 me at Sender ok
RCPT TO: tim_wiser at
[ 2 minutes delay ]           <------------------------------- problem area!
250 2.1.5 tim_wiser at Recipient ok

(Yes, I'm aware that we're using a naughty IP range... This is another task
to get sorted soon).

Can anyone throw any light on the matter??  This has been bugging me for
some time.
I've tried things like adding "" into the
/etc/hosts file but to no avail  :-(

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