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Sending to some mailing lists fails to resolve the list to email addresses resulting in SMTP problem



MailNews Core
Networking: SMTP
14 years ago
9 years ago


(Reporter: David Campbell, Assigned: (not reading, please use seth@sspitzer.org instead))


Windows XP

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14 years ago
User-Agent:       Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8a2) Gecko/20040708
Build Identifier: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US; rv:1.8a2) Gecko/20040708

I'm away from my home country and I have a number of mailing lists set up,

When I send mail to NewsContactsRelatives, it works fine, and the email sends.

When I send mail to NewsContactsLocal, I get the following error from Mozilla
1.8 latest build and 1.7 too, but the SMTP traffic initiated by mozilla seems
wrong, see even further below:

An error occurred while sending mail.  The mail server responded:
<NewsContactsLocal>: recipient address must contain a domain.  Please verify
that your email address is correct in your Mail preferences and try again.

However, the addresses in the address book are correct. 

If I snoop the network traffic using Ethereal, I can see this:

220 xxxx.xxxxx.xx ESMTP Exim 4.22 Fri, 09 Jul 2004 21:34:05 +0000
EHLO [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]
250-xxxx.xxxxx.xx Hello xxxxxxxx.xxxxx.xx [xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx]
250-SIZE 52428800
250 HELP
MAIL FROM:<xxxxx@xxxxxxxxx.xxx.xx> SIZE=646
250 OK
RCPT TO:<NewsContactsLocal>
501 <NewsContactsLocal>: recipient address must contain a domain

If I create a new mailing list called NewsContactsVocal with exactly the same
email addresses in it as in NewsContactsLocal, then that new mailing list works
fine and the message sends without an error, but the NewsContactsLocal list
continues to consistently fail.

Why is it sending the name of the mailing list to the smtp server????  It
doesn't seem to be giving the email addresses to the server!!!

Reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
This happens every time for me with this particular mailing list.

This isn't likely to be repeatable for others I suspect.

1. You must have some mailing lists.
2. Compose email to mailing list.  Mine shows as:
      NewsContactsLocal <NewsContactsLocal>
3. Give some subject line and content to the message
4. Press send.

Actual Results:  
I get an error saying:

An error occurred while sending mail.  The mail server responded:
<NewsContactsLocal>: recipient address must contain a domain.  Please verify
that your email address is correct in your Mail preferences and try again.

Expected Results:  
Sending the email

If I dump out the address book as LDIF, I can't see anything wrong with the
mailing list definition there.

If I diff the LDIF version of NewsContactsLocal (which fails) and the duplicate
NewsContactsVocal (which works), I get this, which indicates that the only thing
different is the name:

< dn: cn=NewsContactsLocal
> dn: cn=NewsContactsVocal
< cn: NewsContactsLocal
> cn: NewsContactsVocal

Comment 1

14 years ago
OK I've found the cause of this problem.

Previously sending an email to a wrongly auto-completed address (email address
completion is still broken as in
http://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=173783 ) caused mozilla to learn a
bad address, and it was in the collected addresses as "NewsContactsLocal", which
was being used instead of the mailing list.
Product: MailNews → Core

Comment 2

13 years ago
xref bug 126630 -- possible dupe, or subset?
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Last Resolved: 13 years ago
Resolution: --- → EXPIRED
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