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Bouncing mails & Java Mail API

 
Manish Hatwalne
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If the Java mail is trying to send mail to non-existent mail ID say xyz@pqr.com (or one which has mailbox full) what will happen? Will it try delivering that message for a specified time period? I am getting many error messages from my SMTP server saying - "SMTP; 550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable"

Is it something that needs to be tweaked at SMTP level or can I do something to set Java mail API properties such that retry time is less. This problem is slowing down my system with too many open connections. I am wondering what I can do - though we do email ID validation, there is no way at the moment to see if mailbox is really available or not. What can I do here?

Any pointers, help would be highly appreciated.

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If the Java mail is trying to send mail to non-existent mail ID say xyz@pqr.com (or one which has mailbox full) what will happen?

It will be sent to a server for pqr.com and (possibly) be returned.

SMTP doesn't include any standard mechanism to report delivery failure. This is deliberate; given the environment SMTP is supposed to work in (the internet) there is the very real posibility that a failure message will not be returned.

So you have two problems:
  • That no failure message will be returned
  • That, if a message is returned, you don't have a guarenteed way of correlating which message failed.


  • You can get round the second by setting flags in your mail and reading them from incoming mails. There is no solution to the first problem.
     
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