The other day I was just [ seriously, for no apparent reason 😀 ] going through the exim logs in my server and this error caught my eye.

ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.com [2a00:1450:400b:c02::1b] Network is unreachable

Apparently, IPv6 wasn’t configured properly in the server and this was causing issues when trying to communicate with google’s IPv6 addresses. There are two ways you can fix this issue. The easy way and the correct way. The correct way would be to configure IPv6 properly ( obviously ). As lazy as I am, I chose the easy way.

Anyway, this is how you would disable IPv6 in your exim mail server:

  • Check if IPv6 is currently enabled. If you see tcp6, then it means IPv6 is enabled.
    [[email protected] ~]# netstat -tulpn | grep :25
    tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:25              0.0.0.0:*               LISTEN      23336/exim
    tcp        0      0 0.0.0.0:2525            0.0.0.0:*               LISTEN      23336/exim
    tcp6       0      0 :::25                   :::*                    LISTEN      23336/exim
    tcp6       0      0 :::2525                 :::*                    LISTEN      23336/exim
    
  • If it is enabled, open exim configuration file ( /etc/exim/exim.conf ) and add the parameter disable_ipv6=true
      vi /etc/exim/exim.conf
      # Add the following
      disable_ipv6=true
    
  1. Restart exim and you’re done.