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Delayed Message: receiving email system not operable

The email message has not yet been delivered because one or more of the recipients' email systems is not accepting messages, possibly due to an unplanned shutdown, excessive load, or system maintenance.


Try sending the message again later.

If necessary, contact the recipient another way (e.g., phone or text message) to confirm their email address.

4.3.2: Official Definition


A persistent transient failure is one in which the message as sent is valid, but persistence of some temporary condition has caused abandonment or delay of attempts to send the message. If this code accompanies a delivery failure report, sending in the future may be successful.


The host on which the mailbox is resident is not accepting messages. Examples of such conditions include an immanent shutdown, excessive load, or system maintenance. This is useful for both permanent and persistent transient errors.