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Postfix: Cannot assign requested address

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Environment

Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9
Postfix

Situation

Postfix will not start
Errors in /var/log/mail
Error: "fatal: inet_addr_local[siocgif]: ioctl SIOCGIFNETMASK: Cannot assign requested address"
Error: "fatal: config variable inet_interfaces: host not found: ::1"
Error: "fatal: unknown mynetworks mask style value "127.0.0.0/8" in"127.0.0.0/8, 10.20.25.12/25"

Resolution

This error is caused by Postfix attempting to bind to all the configured NICs or IP addresses. If there is a problem with one of these then Postfix will not start. In this case theproblem was caused by a badly configured virtual interface.

Delete the virtual interface and start Postfix

Disclaimer

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  • Document ID:3773242
  • Creation Date:20-NOV-06
  • Modified Date:27-APR-12
    • SUSESUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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