[email protected]_MAILNAME problem

This one falls into the “things I need to make a note of in case I hit the same issue again in the future” category.

Just before Christmas I was trying to do some funky stuff with Exim on Debian and, in the process of trying to achieve my goal, I did an apt-get upgrade to make sure I had the latest version, just in case that fixed the problem.

Unfortunately, it didn’t. Furthermore, all locally originating outbound emails started failing with an error similar to this one: [email protected]_mailname: Unrouteable address.

Most solutions on the web will advise you to make sure that /etc/mailname and /etc/hostname both contain the FQDN of the host in question. However, you also need to ensure that the FQDN exists in /etc/mailname in TWO places, as per the snippet below:

127.0.0.1 localhost localhost.localdomain yourhostname.com

# The following lines are desirable for IPv6 capable hosts
::1 ip6-localhost ip6-loopback yourhostname.com
fe00::0 ip6-localnet
ff00::0 ip6-mcastprefix
ff02::1 ip6-allnodes
ff02::2 ip6-allrouters
ff02::3 ip6-allhosts

The key point above is making sure that the FQDN is defined not only for the IPv4 version of localhost but also the IPv6 version of localhost.

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