error while installing postfix

Posted July 31, 2018 3.8k views
EmailDigitalOceanUbuntu 16.04

Hello i’m trying to configure a mail server with dovecot and postfix
i’ve got the following error while installing postfix i have no clue on how to fix it i have searched for hours without getting success
any clue?

thanks in advance!

root@mail:~# apt install postfix -y
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Suggested packages:
  procmail postfix-mysql postfix-pgsql postfix-ldap postfix-pcre sasl2-bin dovecot-common postfix-cdb mail-reader postfix-doc
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 1,152 kB of archives.
After this operation, 3,697 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 xenial-updates/main amd64 postfix amd64 3.1.0-3ubuntu0.3 [1,152 kB]
Fetched 1,152 kB in 0s (1,875 kB/s)
Preconfiguring packages ...
Selecting previously unselected package postfix.
(Reading database ... 132715 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../postfix_3.1.0-3ubuntu0.3_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking postfix (3.1.0-3ubuntu0.3) ...
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu10) ...
Processing triggers for ufw (0.35-0ubuntu2) ...
Processing triggers for systemd (229-4ubuntu21.2) ...
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-19) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.5-1) ...
Setting up postfix (3.1.0-3ubuntu0.3) ...
insserv: script postfix: service mail-transport-agent already provided!
insserv: exiting now!
update-rc.d: error: insserv rejected the script header
dpkg: error processing package postfix (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu10) ...
Processing triggers for systemd (229-4ubuntu21.2) ...
Processing triggers for ureadahead (0.100.0-19) ...
Processing triggers for ufw (0.35-0ubuntu2) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

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2 answers

Hello friend!

I honestly cannot say that I have run into this before. Perhaps try this:

dpkg –purge postfix
apt-get update && apt-get install postfix -y

Kind Regards,

  • thanks for your reply unfortunatelly i got the same error after pruging and trying to install again i already tried that but tried again to check if it works this time but no luck