Sending mail to Hotmail.com addresses
talbotn at ihug.com.au
Fri Jun 28 00:00:35 BST 2002
I believe the problem is that sendmail is trying to do a finger or somesuch
to see if the email address is valid. the problem is not at your end. It is
hotmail that is slow.
the servers at hotmail are under extreme load and usually take a couple of
minutes to respond as it is a really bad cluster arrangement that Microsoft
have tried to set up with ms exchange.
hope this helps
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tim Wiser" <timw at penninehealthcare.co.uk>
To: <freebsd-users at uk.freebsd.org>
Sent: Thursday, June 27, 2002 10:13 PM
Subject: Sending mail to Hotmail.com addresses
> I'm having problems sending email to @hotmail.com addresses for some
> 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 hotmail.com line. This line is eventually accepted, but it
> take up to three minutes to do so.....
> mail2# telnet mail2 25
> Trying 18.104.22.168...
> Connected to mail2.mydomain.com
> Escape character is '^]'.
> 220 mail2.mydomain.com ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.6/8.11.6; Thu, 27 Jun 2002
> 20:14:55 +0100 (BST)
> HELO mydomain.com
> 250 mail2.mydomain.com Hello mail2.mydomain.com [22.214.171.124], pleased to
> MAIL FROM: me at mydomain.com
> [ 1 sec delay ]
> 250 2.1.0 me at mydomain.com... Sender ok
> RCPT TO: tim_wiser at hotmail.com
> [ 2 minutes delay ] <------------------------------- problem
> 250 2.1.5 tim_wiser at hotmail.com... Recipient ok
> (Yes, I'm aware that we're using a naughty IP range... This is another
> 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 "hotmail.com 126.96.36.199" into the
> /etc/hosts file but to no avail :-(
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