[BALUG-Admin] (forw) Re: [smofs] Hosting Recommendations

Rick Moen rick@linuxmafia.com
Sun Jun 15 19:27:00 PDT 2008

Passing this comment back.  I vaguely recall that whichever kind soul is 
underwriting the hosting of BALUG's presence at Dreamhost (Michael
Hubbard?) claimed that it's not possible to configure acceptance of mail
at the RFC-mandated postmaster@balug.org and abuse@balug.org mailboxes,
and delivery to somewhere useful.[1]

Dave Anderson (below) claims that this is not the case, that the
Dreamhost customer merely needs to configure that functionality, to make
it happen.

It would be greatly to BALUG's advantage, were that to be done.  (Hint,

Thanks in advance.  ;->

[1] And yes, I'd be fine with that mail getting directed to
rick@linuxmafia.com, if that's deemed desirable.  Just let me know, if

----- Forwarded message from Dave Anderson <dave@daveanderson.com> -----

Date: Sun, 15 Jun 2008 21:50:20 -0400 (EDT)
From: Dave Anderson <dave@daveanderson.com>
To: SMOFS Mailing list <smofs@lists.sflovers.org>
Reply-To: SMOFS Mailing list <smofs@lists.sflovers.org>
Subject: Re: [smofs] Hosting Recommendations

On Fri, 13 Jun 2008, Rick Moen wrote:

>If you do lookup of "balug.org" at http://www.rfc-ignorant.org/ , you
>find that it's listed in their "postmaster" DNS blocklist.  This is
>because BALUG's domain is hosted at Dreamhost, and Dreamhost doesn't
>permit acceptance of mail addressed to postmaster@balug.org [1].  This
>appears to be typical of Dreamhost:  They don't honour RFC-mandated
>mailboxes, resulting in (some of) their customers' domains ending up in
>DNS blocklists.

Something's funny here.  Dreamhost certainly doesn't automatically do
something useful with email to postmaster@<hosted.domain>, but it
definitely allows the customer to set it up.  I just tried this with a
domain we're testing there, and when I set postmaster as a forward-only
alias to another account mail to it was received properly.


Dave Anderson

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