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I had tried to install and configure icedove (thunderbird), but I couldn't complete it and was given an error:
"Sending of password for user my.email@address did not succeed. Mail server pop.googlemail.com responded: Web login required: https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=78754"
Which points me at the previous message. I had done everything that gmail said I should do, including the two-step authentication, I used a new account on my computer and it threw the same error, I uninstalled and reinstalled kmail and exim4. I have removed the offending gmail account and reinstalled it from scratch, but it still throws the error.
But the same problem exists, I cannot send email with kmail. I AM able to use kmail to a non-gmail account successully, so I think that the problem could be a problem with either gmail, or a fundamental problem with my computer that gmail doesn't like.
Now, I know that complaining to gmail is a futile exercise, and I will grow old and die before they respond to my questions in any real way. Is it possible that the problem has been caused by systemd <spit>? Can anyone make some other suggestions for me to try.
BTW, I currently have have 6 gmail addresses and one non-gmail address, so it would be difficult for me to move all of my mailing lists to a different server.
Yes, I can log into all of my gmail accounts. For some reason, even though I had made another account to test it, I saved my emails and then I deleted my entire kmail account and have built them from scratch.
I will now change all of my passwords on email, and within kmail, and see what happens.
I have changed all of my google-related passwords and I still have the same error.
I have also changed the exim4 configuration to change the configuration to use PLAIN text passwords in accordance to the suggestion from google help, I did a restart on exim4 and it still failed, so I changed it back.
Now, I really dislike webmail, I would rather have a pop3 account rather than resort to webmail. And even some people use other clients, it doesn't matter-- kmail should be able to send email to google, as it did on 8 September 2014. So either google hates me, or I have made a change to my computer that google doesn't like.
Here is what I done today to attempt to resolve this problem/error.
I checked that gmail has been setup to use POP3. I has.
I used an older computer of mine and installed Debian/stable and installed Kmail, icedove (AKA thunderbird), claws-mail, and evolution. I had the same problem on THAT computer that I have been having on my main computer.
On the plus side, I was about to do a reinstall, but does not seem to be my computer, systemd (spit), or anything I have done to my computer.
It seems to me that it, in some way, is a problem with Gmail, or somewhere outside of my computer. Since I have a 50MB connection speed, it is probably not my network speed. But I have no idea what is going on with my computer and gmail.
Understand that I had a stroke about three years ago, and am now brain-damaged, and I have short-term memory loss and a great deal of what I used to know is now gone. And since I NEVER took notes, it really is gone.
But I still use Linux exclusively.
After having changed my gmail passwords a few times, in the one of my gmail (or maybe it was google+) I had the opportunity to reduce the "protection" of my accounts to allow my so-called inferior email client to send and receive gmail. Now, I had tried to find the page in question, and I do recall the menu was listed as being "security" but after having looked for it on google/gmail/google+ for about 15 minutes, I couldn't find it again.
So, whatever. When I had reduced my security level, I was then able to send and receive gmail again.
So, it has been fixed, and my issue has been resolved for me.
Now I have been looking for another pop3 email account so that I can escape from Gmail. While my ISP does have pop3 accounts, when I move again, I need to move all of those damn email accounts. That sucks. So, wish me luck in my next endeavor.
If you're willing to pay an extremely small fee, softhome.net and fastmail.com (may still be fastmail.fm, but I know it's changing to .com) both offer ad-free email you can configure for use with your favorite email client (I use both with their "pro" email system).