Yesterday, all outgoing emails started to accumulate in the Postfix queue with this error:
Jun 29 13:35:02 intranet postfix/smtp: 88AE28C839: to=, relay=none, delay=8921, delays=8897/4/20/0, dsn=4.4.3, status=deferred (Host or domain name not found. Name service error for name=myprovider.isp.hosting type=MX: Host not found, try again)
First thing I did, nslookup and dig tests, yep the host can be found, although there is no MX record. Could it be that Postfix absolutely requires the MX record?
As it turns out: no. What actually happened is that I changed DNS settings for this server. I went into /etc/resolv.conf and updated the settings, as a new DNS server was installed and replaced and agin one.
What I didn’t know is that Postfix keeps a cached copy of this resolv.conf in a mini-chroot jail located in /var/spool/postfix/etc/resolv.conf
That file had the old DNS server settings! I changed it for the correct servers, and issued