On 20/09/16 21:00, Simon Arlott wrote:
> I'm using Exim 4.86.2-2ubuntu2 and it has some unusual behaviour when
> the configured smarthost is unreachable for several hours.
> I've managed to capture the email submission and the queue run for an
> email that was discarded as if it was delivered when no delivery had
> succeeded, and no DSN was generated.
> See the attached files:
> "krull-example-com.si...@example.net was previously delivered: discarded"

That sure is some convoluted routing, and badly inefficient.

- the batv-add router runs three times in total, and every time
(since it generates an errors-to) it does a verify (of that errors
address) which is in itself a full routing run

- the routing sequence goes

(oof_add)         r...@krull.example.com
(batv_add)        r...@krull.example.com
(system_aliases)  s...@krull.example.com
(batv_add)        s...@krull.example.com
(system_aliases)  krull-example-com.si...@example.net
(batv_add)        krull-example-com.si...@example.net
(smarthost)       -> tsort.example.com


I think what has happened here is thanks to the batv_add
router being a redirect which returns its original,
combined with somewhere along the chain being a
one-time redirect.  The one-time implementation marks
the parent address as delivered, and adds a child
address as undelivered.  Here, they are textually the
same.  Then, on the later attempt to deliver, we
discover that the address has already been delivered.

It's certainly a bug - but I do wonder whether you
should be doing the errors_to manipulation
once only, and possibly in the final router that
calls a transport (smarthost, for this case)
rather than an an identity-redirect.

Please do raise a bug at bugs.exim.org - but don't
expect a quick fix.

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