mangled SMTP headers with spamassassin / qmail / debian stable (long)

Michael Coburn michael-3aH0qR8MVRD3fQ9qLvQP4Q at
Wed Dec 10 21:26:43 UTC 2003

Hi, after re-reading my email I might have left out one piece.  The mail
coming into the relay machine is pushed to qmail via a shell script called
/usr/bin/spamc | /var/qmail/bin/qmail-queue.orig
I moved the original binary file qmail-queue to qmail-queue.orig .

When I remove the shell script and rename the .orig file back to
qmail-queue, the system relays i.e. all SMTP header info is correct.  Any

-------- Original Message --------
From: owner-tlug-lxSQFCZeNF4 at
Date: Wed, December 10, 2003 3:46 pm


I've been using Debian for about 4 months on the desktop and was so
impressed with unstable, that I decided to migrate my home firewall away
from Red Hat 7.3 to Debian stable.  I'm running qmail and have installed
spamassassin 2.20, which relays into an Exchange machine on the internal
network via user .qmail files.
The problem I'm having is that the SMTP header information is getting
mangled somewhere along the way.  The emails appear on the Exchange box,
but only show the sender's email address, and the subject line of (no
subject).  I get this for SMTP header info:----
Received: from ([]) by marge.cap.lan with
Microsoft SMTPSVC(5.0.2195.5329);     Wed, 10 Dec 2003 15:13:06 -0500
Received: (qmail 23317 invoked by uid 1000); 10 Dec 2003 20:13:06 -0000
From: mcoburn-hJeZYcpktVksA/PxXw9srA at
Return-Path: mcoburn-hJeZYcpktVksA/PxXw9srA at
Message-ID: <MARGEKufVma0osA91E9000000ea-TR6deuPAjhjrpQ1Nw3gw2A at>
X-OriginalArrivalTime: 10 Dec 2003 20:13:06.0356 (UTC)
FILETIME=[05E80740:01C3BF5A]Date: 10 Dec 2003 15:13:06 -0500
This appears to be only the SMTP header info added from the relay qmail
box over to the Exchange machine.  In the body of the message, the full
SMTP header info is printed:

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