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DNS/Minires problems w/ Exim-4.20 on Cygwin


I am writing to you as a last attempt to perhaps help solve the problems I
am having with exim (4.20-1) on Cygwin (1.3.22-1) on WinXP Pro SP1.

I have been using Cygwin for a long time but just recently tried setting
up exim and ran into problems.  I've followed the
/usr/doc/Cygwin/exim-4.20-1.README instructions and installed exim as a
service with ntsec and all went well.

However, no matter what I have tried (even recompiled the patched source
myself), I am not able to resolve *any* remote domain via exim, even
though nslookup and/or dig do work.

I have tried endless Google searches and have read through many mailing
lists, etc. but I've found nothing specific.

Here is a debug log of one query (all queries for all remote hosts return
the same "Error 2. Count 0."/TRY_AGAIN status):

$ exim -d+dns+resolver -c -bt > eximout.txt 2>&1
$ cat eximout.txt
CYGWIN = "ntsec tty". Root / mapped to c:\cygwin.
Starting uid 1003, gid 513, ntsec 1.
root_uid 1003, exim_uid 18, exim_gid 544, fake setuid 1.
Exim version 4.20 uid=1003 gid=513 pid=3948 D=fbf95cfd
Probably GDBM (native mode)
Support for: OpenSSL
Authenticators: cram_md5 plaintext spa
Routers: accept dnslookup ipliteral manualroute queryprogram redirect
Transports: appendfile/maildir/mailstore/mbx autoreply pipe smtp
changed uid/gid: forcing real = effective
  uid=1003 gid=513 pid=3948
  auxiliary group list: 513 544 545
configuration file is /etc/exim.conf
log selector = 020d99d8
trusted user
admin user
user name "U-RP-LAPTOP\Rares" extracted from gecos field
originator: uid=1003 gid=513 login=Rares name="U-RP-LAPTOP\Rares"
sender address = Rares@rp_laptop
Address testing: uid=1003 gid=513 euid=1003 egid=513
--------> dnslookup router <--------
checking domains in "@"? no (end of list) in "! +local_domains"? yes (end of list)
calling dnslookup router
dnslookup router called for
  domain =
Minires: Windows domain name ""
Minires: server ""
Minires: server ""
Minires: server ""
Minires: resolv.conf nameserver
Minires: resolv.conf nameserver
Minires: search type 15
Minires: query type 15
Minires: Answer from 158a2ecf to query to 158a2ecf. Error 2. Count 0.
DNS lookup of (MX) gave TRY_AGAIN in dns_again_means_nonexist? no (option unset)
returning DNS_AGAIN
dnslookup router: defer for
  message: host lookup did not complete
search_tidyup called
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Exim pid=3948 terminating with rc=1 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> cannot be resolved at this time:
  host lookup did not complete 

$ dig @ mx

; <<>> DiG 9.2.2 <<>> @ mx
;; global options:  printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 41
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 9

;                     IN      MX

;; ANSWER SECTION:              5261    IN      MX      1              5261    IN      MX      1              5261    IN      MX      5

;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:     1305    IN      A     1305    IN      A     1305    IN      A     484     IN      A     484     IN      A     484     IN      A     484     IN      A     484     IN      A     484     IN      A

;; Query time: 30 msec
;; WHEN: Wed Aug 13 10:50:56 2003
;; MSG SIZE  rcvd: 236


If you could provide any help on this issues, I'd be forever grateful.

Thanks much for all your work.

Rares Popa (

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