[sclug] duplicate mail

Alex Butcher lug at assursys.co.uk
Wed Jun 27 23:17:27 UTC 2007

On Wed, 27 Jun 2007, Graham wrote:

> Heres my timeout theory:


> + .
> <-- here the sender is waiting
> <-- for the sever to say "250 ok: Message 1234 accepted"
> <-- here the server is overloaded by SPAM from absent taiwanese friends
> <-- so it takes more than 2 minutes to respond to the DOT
> <-- That client was tested without SO_KEEPALIVE ((guess))
> <-- Or some other network drop (such as NAT firewall)
> <-- So when the socket is dropped the client didnt get the 250 OK
> <-- and it then tries MX-TWO, immediately or later
> <-- MX-ONE has succeeded, and sends 250 OK but too late
> <-- MX-ONE cannot then undo its own send, or queue-action

This is indeed one mechanism by which SMTP messages can end up duplicated
these days; my employer's mail wrangler warned this might happen when I was
suggesting ways of solving a related problem.

Best Regards,
Alex Butcher, Bristol UK.                           PGP/GnuPG ID:0x5010dbff

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