[Ubuntu 14.04 LAMP] Installed sendmail -- fatal error when I sent first message
OS: Ubuntu 14.04
I followed Jonathan's instructions from from this post.
I created a test email and saved it at
I tried to send a test email from a text file to my Yahoo email account using this command:
sendmail firstname.lastname@example.org < /tmp/email.txt
The process completed.
When I logged back in, it said I had mail.
I installed mailutils to read the mail. It was a returned message saying sendmail couldn't send the message and it mentioned a fatal error.
Here is the complete message:
From MAILER-DAEMON Fri Nov 13 11:22:34 2015 Return-Path: <MAILER-DAEMON> Received: from localhost (localhost) by roypenroddotcom (8.14.4/8.14.4/Debian-4.1ubuntu1) id tADGMYu6005485; Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:34 -0500 Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:34 -0500 From: Mail Delivery Subsystem <MAILER-DAEMON> Message-Id: <201511131622.tADGMYu6005485@roypenroddotcom> To: <roy@roypenroddotcom> MIME-Version: 1.0 Content-Type: multipart/report; report-type=delivery-status; boundary="tADGMYu6005485.1447431754/roypenroddotcom" Subject: Returned mail: see transcript for details Auto-Submitted: auto-generated (failure) This is a MIME-encapsulated message --tADGMYu6005485.1447431754/roypenroddotcom The original message was received at Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:33 -0500 from localhost [127.0.0.1] ----- The following addresses had permanent fatal errors ----- <email@example.com> (reason: 501 Syntax error in parameters or arguments) ----- Transcript of session follows ----- ... while talking to mta7.am0.yahoodns.net.: >>> MAIL From:<roy@roypenroddotcom> SIZE=637 <<< 501 Syntax error in parameters or arguments 501 5.6.0 Data format error --tADGMYu6005485.1447431754/roypenroddotcom Content-Type: message/delivery-status Reporting-MTA: dns; roypenroddotcom Received-From-MTA: DNS; localhost Arrival-Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:33 -0500 Final-Recipient: RFC822; firstname.lastname@example.org Action: failed Status: 5.5.2 Diagnostic-Code: SMTP; 501 Syntax error in parameters or arguments Last-Attempt-Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:34 -0500 --tADGMYu6005485.1447431754/roypenroddotcom Content-Type: text/rfc822-headers Return-Path: <roy@roypenroddotcom> Received: from roypenroddotcom (localhost [127.0.0.1]) by roypenroddotcom (8.14.4/8.14.4/Debian-4.1ubuntu1) with ESMTP id tADGMXu6005483 for <email@example.com>; Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:33 -0500 Received: (from roy@localhost) by roypenroddotcom (8.14.4/8.14.4/Submit) id tADGMXlU005480 for firstname.lastname@example.org; Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:33 -0500 Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:22:33 -0500 From: Roy Penrod <roy@roypenroddotcom> Message-Id: <201511131622.tADGMXlU005480@roypenroddotcom> Subject: Terminal Email Send --tADGMYu6005485.1447431754/roypenroddotcom--
I noticed the return-path is roy@roypenroddotcom. I named my host roypenroddotcom because it's hosting my own personal site, roypenrod.com.
I'm very new to Linux, so I didn't know the hostname would affect this. How do I change it so my email address is actually email@example.com?
Why did the sendmail fail? Was it the incorrect email address? Did I set something up wrong? Do I need to configure sendmail?
Any help you can give me is very much appreciated.