[Pkg-exim4-users] Guidance request Inbound connection timeouts

Clarence W. Robison robison at kimberly.uidaho.edu
Sun Jan 29 20:04:06 UTC 2006


I am running Exim4-heavy (4.60) on a Debian etch machine. From my point of 
view everything looks great. However, I am having an issue where a critical 
client group is not able to send mail to my server to relay to the internal 
mail server. 

While I believe it is a problem with their ISP provider's MTA software and 
configuration; there appears to be a problem with my EXIM4's behavior. I 
state this because of the number of lost connections in the log_file. 

To resolve the issue, I have updated to exim4-4.60-3 heavy daemon, went the 
original exim4.config.template supplied in the deb.

OS: Debian/Etch 

Platform: Dell PowerEdge Server 2300 with 2-400Mhz PII CPUS 512MB RAM

Platform Usage: web server (apache2), EMail gateway and filtering, DNS 
provider, DHCP-server.  

Typical Load: 
Tasks:  72 total,   1 running,  71 sleeping,   0 stopped,   0 zombie
Cpu0  :  0.3% us,  0.7% sy,  0.0% ni, 99.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
Cpu1  :  0.0% us,  0.0% sy,  0.0% ni, 100.0% id,  0.0% wa,  0.0% hi,  0.0% si
Mem:    515920k total,   497232k used,    18688k free,   102840k buffers
Swap:  2000084k total,        0k used,  2000084k free,   253820k cached

Issue: Some outside MTAs tring to connect my EXIM daemon experience excessive 
delays between intiating the connection and receiving the 220 message from my 

I have explored the follwoing possible reasons and them ruled out. 
1) Network congestion and 2) Domain name services. 

I have attempted to true on minimal DNS in exim and have tried setting 
host_lookups to nothing, an emtpy list, and specific nets. The "problem" 
still exists.   

With SMTP_connection logging, I can see the connection coming immediately 
when I telnet to port 25 on my machine from a hosts outside my local domain, 
but the 220 response is not returned, for some hosts, immediately (35-60 
seconds). A dig -x on my machine returns dns information quickly, less than 
one second. 

I have googled without success. Any pointers, advice would be greatly 


Clarence W. Robison, P.E.
robison at kimberly.uidaho.edu

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