[SURBL-Discuss] Merak

Tom McGlinn mcglinn at mcglinn.com
Sat Jun 24 15:38:12 CEST 2006

Thanks for the reply, Jeff.

Uh oh, ping did not resolve to

See below.  Now what?


Microsoft Windows [Version 5.2.3790]
(C) Copyright 1985-2003 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings>ping

Pinging [] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128
Reply from bytes=32 time<1ms TTL=128

Ping statistics for
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
    Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-bounces at lists.surbl.org
[mailto:discuss-bounces at lists.surbl.org] On Behalf Of Jeff Chan
Sent: Friday, June 23, 2006 5:56 PM
To: Tom McGlinn
Cc: discuss at lists.surbl.org
Subject: Re: [SURBL-Discuss] Merak

On Friday, June 23, 2006, 1:58:31 PM, Tom McGlinn wrote:

> SURBL/URIBL checks aren't working properly in Merak Mail server.  We have
> been working with the vendor, providing examples of failures, as they try
> make repairs.

Hi Tom,
I believe Merak Mail Server uses SpamAssassin under Windows.
As such, you may want to check that basic DNS resolution works.
For example, on that server can you:


It doesn't matter whether the ping itself works, but does it
resolve to

That may or may not have to do with the issue, but it's useful to
check in case a proxy server is interfering with DNS, for example.

Does anyone else here use Merak?  If not you may need to continue
to work with the vendor.

You can find a list of some applications that support SURBLs at:



Jeff C.
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