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Microsoft KB Archive/172282

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Article ID: 172282

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172282


When you run the MAILSRV utility that ships with the Windows NT Resource Kit, you may be unable to receive e-mail messages from UNIX hosts, but e-mail messages from other clients, such as Exchange, are delivered as expected.

When the UNIX client sends an e-mail message to the Windows NT local user running MAILSRV, the message is delivered to the mail spool directory but the message never reaches the Inbox.

The following message may appear in Event Viewer:

Event ID: 3004
Description: "The message could not be delivered to local user <user>. The error from the operating system was <n>" where <n> is either "2" or "5".

The remote UNIX computer sending the e-mail may receive one of the following error messages:

"Unable to send termination"




Users can send e-mail to remote UNIX sites successfully from this MAILSRV utility; only receiving e-mail is impacted.

The following files are found in the spool directory and remain there when this symptom occurs:






Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the MAILSRV utility shipped in the Windows NT Resource Kit version 4.0. The MAILSRV utility has been pulled from the latest release of the Resource Kit. This problem will not be fixed due to other problems encountered while attempting to resolve this problem.

Additional query words: prodnt reskit mailserv zero bytes 0 bytes Mail POP3 Server SMTP Server Local Mail Delivery Agent

Keywords: kbbug kbinterop kbnetwork KB172282