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Errors in mail.log

Errors in mail.log

We are having some issues with Oracle sending messages. I can send a message from the root and
Oracle user account. When I check the mail.log, I see these errors:
sendmail[27145]: m42BSHl27145: SYSERR(root): mime8to7: recursion level 21 exceeded
Does anyone have any ideas?

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Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Errors in mail.log

Shalom,

There is an inconsistency in the sendmail configuration. The oracle user may be configured to bounce mail back to itself.

Check

/etc/mail/aliases
/etc/mail/virtusertable
/etc/mail/genericstable

For more detail on this error, see http://www.sendmail.org

SEP
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Re: Errors in mail.log

SEP, the only file in there is the aliases and there is no entry for the oracle user. We have a similar system with the same aliases file and no problems. Thanks for your help.
Court Campbell
Honored Contributor

Re: Errors in mail.log

What version of sendmail are you running?

# echo \$Z | /usr/sbin/sendmail -bt -d0
"The difference between me and you? I will read the man page." and "Respect the hat." and "You could just do a search on ITRC, you don't need to start a thread on a topic that's been answered 100 times already." Oh, and "What. no points???"

Re: Errors in mail.log

We are using
Version 8.11.1 (PHNE_35485)

Court Campbell
Honored Contributor

Re: Errors in mail.log

This message is related the mime8to7 functions ability to only call itself recursively 21 times. It was added as a bug fix for DoS attacks. It can be changed but only at compile time as far as I know. You might want to look into the messages that are getting sent.
"The difference between me and you? I will read the man page." and "Respect the hat." and "You could just do a search on ITRC, you don't need to start a thread on a topic that's been answered 100 times already." Oh, and "What. no points???"

Re: Errors in mail.log

I am also getting this message when I run the mailq command as the oracle user.
101404 Sun Apr 27 11:21 MAILER-DAEMON
(alias database unavailable)
The database location is in the sendmail.cf file and I can manually send a message as the oracle user.
Court Campbell
Honored Contributor

Re: Errors in mail.log

try running newalaises to recreate the aliases db.
"The difference between me and you? I will read the man page." and "Respect the hat." and "You could just do a search on ITRC, you don't need to start a thread on a topic that's been answered 100 times already." Oh, and "What. no points???"
Court Campbell
Honored Contributor

Re: Errors in mail.log

Argh. Spelling. should be newaliases.
"The difference between me and you? I will read the man page." and "Respect the hat." and "You could just do a search on ITRC, you don't need to start a thread on a topic that's been answered 100 times already." Oh, and "What. no points???"
Court Campbell
Honored Contributor

Re: Errors in mail.log

Do you show any errors in syslog?
"The difference between me and you? I will read the man page." and "Respect the hat." and "You could just do a search on ITRC, you don't need to start a thread on a topic that's been answered 100 times already." Oh, and "What. no points???"

Re: Errors in mail.log

Working with HP support and they have provided me with a solution. Thank you for your input.