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SMTP Mail Delay?

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The Question is:

In VMS mail when sending to an SMTP mail address such as
to: richardd@ccat.co.uk
It takes 3-4 minutes before it moves on to the next part of the mail message
This only happens on the first SMTP message you send, subsequent SMTP mails are
 fine.  However once you exit mail and re-enter mail the first SMTP mail has
 the same delay.
Any suggestions on what may be causing this behaviour would be most useful.

The Answer is :

  If you are not already at TCP/IP Services V5.0A or V5.1 (with any
  available ECO applied), please upgrade.  If you are already at the
  current version, please contact the Compaq Customer Support Center
  Expect to be asked details of the TCP/IP Services local configuration
  (SMTP configuration, local DNS configuration, local routing, default
  gateway setting, contents of the SMTP directory, potentially a trace
  of SMTP activities via the debugging logical names, current root hint
  setting in TCPIP$BIND.CONF if running on an isolated network, etc).
  The OpenVMS Wizard will guess that you have an isolated network, are
  running V5.0A, and that you will want to temporarily remove the root
  hint setting from TCPIP$BIND.CONF, more specifically:
        zone "." in {
                type hint;
                file "ROOT.HINT";

answer written or last revised on ( 16-APR-2001 )

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