Trouble sending mail with 'nail'; it works in pine

Björn Lindberg d95-bli at
Tue Oct 16 13:19:36 PDT 2001

"J.A. Neitzel" wrote:
> there. What does /etc/hosts contain?
> Here is the relevant bit from mine:
> locutus.localdomain locutus localhost
>                                       ^^^^^^^^^
>                                       |||||||||
>     Do you have this alias in there? >---------<

Mine look like this:       localhost.localdomain   localhost            nex         ikaros

where nex _is_ this host (localhost). Maybe that should be specified,
but how?

I can ping succesfully, both localhost, nex &

Now I noticed this, though. I got a mail to my local mailbox (which I
don't use so I rarely check it), pasted last in this post. It looks to
me like it can't resolve the hostname That is srange,
because everything else works perfectly, web etc. Also, asI said, I can
send mail via Pine or Netscape using the local mail server.


>From MAILER-DAEMON  Mon Oct 15 23:31:01 2001
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