Bug#596193: exim4-config: /etc/aliases ignored in 'mail sent by smarthost; no local mail' and possibly 'mail sent by smarthost; received via SMTP or fetchmail'

Daniel Tryba d.tryba at pocos.nl
Fri May 22 15:02:46 UTC 2015

On Friday 22 May 2015 14:55:05 Daniel Tryba wrote:
> This "it is not a bug but a feature" has been fixed (or broken if you
> believe it is a feature) in Jessie: exim4-config   4.84-8

I was a bit to optimistic, I have Jessie machines having the (IMHO) correct 
(using /etc/aliases) and wrong behavior (ignoring aliases).

Wrong behavior is triggered when /etc/mailname is not listed as localhost in 
/etc/hosts. Target maildomain isn't local so is send via smarthost. If 
mailname is in localhosts smarthost is skipped, aliases get parsed and if not 
local will be send using smarthost.

So it appears this is not a bug/feature but a simple misconfiguration.


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