"Herding, Rick" <Rick.Herding@webct.com> wrote:
> I'm hoping someone can tell me why I'm getting the following error message:
> "MAJORDOMO ABORT (mj_majordomo)!!
> Majordomo@webct.com: "Sepideh Biggs"<> is not a valid return address."
> I'm getting about 30 of these per day. I don't have anyone even close to this name subscribed to any of my lists. Anybody know where to look?
This is not caused by addresses already on your lists. Someone is
sending requests to your Majordomo address and those requests contain
that bogus half-baked email address as their reply address. Majordomo
knows that the address is bogus so it complains to you rather than
trying to respond to the bad address.
The easiest way to proceed is to change your Majordomo request alias to
copy all incoming requests into a mailbox in addition to passing them
to the majordomo wrapper command. Then you can look at the mailbox and
try to figure out where the mailformed requests are coming from. If
you're lucky it'll be the Reply-To header that's mangled and the From
field will have an address that you can use to contact the request's
If you're using Sendmail then in your aliases file change the
majordomo: "|/path/to/majordomo/wrapper majordomo"
majordomo: "|/path/to/majordomo/wrapper majordomo",majordomo-log
and define the new majordomo-log destination as something like:
Be careful to pick a pathname name that doesn't clash with something
Majordomo already uses. The obvious "/path/to/majordomo/Log", for
instance, is already used to hold a one-line record of each command
Then 'touch /path/to/majordomo/History', set its ownership and
permissions to something that Sendmail can write to (perhaps 'chmod
660; chgrp daemon'), wait for the next error report, and then carefully
examine the contents of the History mailbox.