lowest numbered MX record points to localhost

Quite often you see the “lowest numbered MX record points to localhost: rejected RCPT error” error message in ‘exim_mainlog’ on a cPanel server. The error message appears while sending/receiving emails and it looks something like:
temporarily rejected RCPT <email@domainname.tld>: lowest numbered MX record points to local host

The reason for the error message is the domain “domainname.tld” is missing from the /etc/localdomains file of your server. The difference between the /etc/localdomains and /etc/remotedomains  files is that, they decide whether the email has to be delivered locally OR to a remote server respectively and is checked by the exim mail server.
To fix the issue, edit the file:

# vim /etc/localdomains

and place the domain name entry there. There is no need to restart the ‘exim’ s

lowest numbered MX record points to localhost

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