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I don't want postfix to retry failed emails. How can I configure it not to do so?

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It looks like defer_service_name in Postfix's main configuration file will do what you want. Its default value is defer, and I can't easily find a list of valid settings, but I would hazard a guess that setting it to bounce will do what you are after.

Note that this will only affect mails that are rejected with a 4xx status (transient failure) by the remote server. Mails that are rejected with a 5xx status (permanent failure) are never retried by Postfix; since the remote server has already said that it will not accept the message as-is, there is no point in retrying delivery.

Also note that assuming it works the way I expect, this will break some things, including greylisting (which is fairly commonly used currently), and make your mail server significantly less resilient to intermittent errors as well as highly likely non-standards-conformant (4xx errors are supposed to trigger a later redelivery attempt). Consider the implications carefully before you implement something like this.

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