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Re: Returned mail too many hops???

From: Daniel Brooks <sfkrsve2@scfn.thpl.lib.fl.us>
Date: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 15:23:48 -0400 (EDT)
cc: www-html@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.SUN.3.95.980419151217.12588A-100000@scfn>
On Sun, 19 Apr 1998, Cultimo wrote:

:)
:)Since there is a great deal of knowledge in this group I want to ask you 
:)a question.
:)
:)I'm with provider A, sending mail (an e-zine) to someone who has an 
:)account/domainname with provider C I get the mail returned from provider 
:)B with the message ' Returned mail: Too many hops 26 (25 max)'
:)
:)Does anyone know what that means?
:)
:)It happens now for the past months (since I started the magazine) and it 
:)is the first time it happened ever. 
:)
:)I allerted the postmasters/ webmasters of the sites B and C of this 
:)problem but they do not react or say stupid things like 'It is because 
:)you post mail in HTML format' (which I do not but what is the 
:)difference?) or they assume I'm with provider C (but my adress states I'm 
:)with provider A) or they do not react at all.
:)
:)Because Im a bit tired of this arogance (thats how I explain it) I would 
:)like to know what it is so I can tell these 'professionals' what to do...
:)
:)Or maybe it is not the fault of providers B and C, it is the fault of my 
:)own provider, but they are not the ones who sent it back.

Well, it's not really on-topic, but close enough.

A hop happens when a message is transfered between two computers on the
net. A lot of protocols on the Internet use this measure of distance as a
kind of timeout value. Each time the data packet goes through a link
between 2 computers, it decrements the hop count stored in the packet.
When the hop count gets to zero, the packet is not transmitted. This helps
eliminate infinate loops. However this is probably not what is happening.
Your email server is probably looking at its router table and saying "wow,
that is far away!" I would have to see the email message you are getting
back to know who is sending the error message, and why.

TTYL,
Daniel Brooks

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