Why does postfix complain about a “problem talking to server private/anvil”?

If your log starts filling with entries about “problem talking to server private/anvil”, chances are you did a straight upgrade from your previous Mac OS X Server version to 10.5

When updating from Mac OS X Server 10.3 or 10.4 to 10.5, your existing /etc/postfix/master.cf will be preserved. This per se is not bad in itself.

10.5 however, comes with a new version of Postfix which has new capabilities and expects a few more parameters. Should you happen to see above message repeatedly in your logs, check if /etc/postfix/master.cf contains an entry starting with “anvil”.

If it doesn’t, edit /etc/postfix/master.cf and below:

lmtp      unix  -       -       n       -       -       lmtp


anvil     unix  -       -       n       -       1       anvil

When done, stop and start mailservices.

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