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After dwelling on it for a while (I can't send messages w/ evolution as me (I get an error message about authentication method being PLAIN even though I've reset it to POP before SMTP about a thousand times)) I thought I'd try to launch evolution as su, and lo and behold it works fine.
Is there a way for me to launch and use this app w/out having to change to su?
I'd rather stay as far as possible from su if I am able.
One idea: Try creating a new user account and test if the evoluton works correctly then. If so, the problem is not 'you' vs. 'root', but 'you' vs. 'anOtherUser', meaning that probably some configs in your home directory are corrupted (~/.evolution/ perhaps); fix or delete them.
The new account's already been deleted. I tried that a few days ago.
When I first configured evolution I chose "plain" as the smtp authentication method. After calling my isp I reconfigged, and reconfigged.... and here I am.
Hmm.. I have never used evolution (happy mutt hacker), so I can't fix the original problem, sorry. Thus, you can circumvent the problem by configuring fetchmail to constantly pick your mail and take care of that your smtp account keeps open.
Yes, but evolution is to be the all-in-one-basket app for email and newsgroups and collateral stuff.
Is fetchmail part of evolution or is your suggestion a workaround for receiving mail outside of evolution?
I don't want to go somewhere else for receiving mail: I'd rather use the one app for everything, and keep things simple. Hence the posting.
You can use fetchmail to download your messages into your mail spool. You'd then configure evolution to (insted of POP) use a local mbox account. I think what he's suggesting is that you use a sort of inbetween "grabber" program to make sure that your lease for sending messages on the SMTP server stays open.
Its a small bit of a hack/workaround, but it keeps you using evolution.