I had a server which has both IPv4 and IPv6 and they were working perfectly fine. I had installed Vesta CP which is an amazing control panel application and it was working just great. But there was only one problem with Exim4. It was not sending emails properly to Gmail. Mails sent to gmail were bounced. I checked the log and the message was
message does not meet IPv6 sending guidelines regarding PTR records
Ok, that is pretty straight forward. The server’s IPv6 didn’t have a reverse DNS or PTR. To fix this problem I had to set it up. But then I was thinking how to tell Exim not touse IPv6 but IPv4. The problem begins
Exim in this server came with Vesta Panel, and in most forums people suggested to add a new entry as
disable_ipv6=true in the /etc/exim4/update-exim4.conf.con file. I’ve added that and restarted exmi4, but there were no changes. Netstat shows that exim is still listening on port 25 against the IPv6 address.
netstat -tulpn | grep :25 tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 7013/exim4 tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:2525 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 7013/exim4 tcp6 0 0 :::25 :::* LISTEN 7013/exim4 tcp6 0 0 :::2525 :::* LISTEN 7013/exim4
Some people in different forum suggested that
dc_local_interfaces should be set to
127.0.0.1 but it still didn’t make any change in exim.
Finally, finally, I noticed that there is a configuration template file /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template. Curiously, I’ve added
disable_ipv6=true directive over there, restarted exim and voila! It started working🙂
netstat -tulpn | grep :25 tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:25 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 8110/exim4 tcp 0 0 0.0.0.0:2525 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 8110/exim4
I hope you will find this article useful, and save some time when you run into similar problem with exim and vesta panel.