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Old 10-28-2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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Chaning qmail to send email from an external source

Hello everyone,

In the past our email was hosted internally on the same linux box as our website. On the website there are a few places to send emails in case of problems, etc. Recently we changed our email to be hosted by an outside source. I have everything set up on everyone's computer and the MX records are changed and all email works with the switch.

The problem is I need to figure out what exactly needs changed on the linux machine so that the website will use the new email host instead of sending it locally. Right now it's not a problem because everyone still has their old email accounts in Thunderbird as well as the new one (which also means if someone sends an email with the old account to someone in the office it will also go to the old account of the recipient, but that's no big deal).

Does anyone know exactly what I need to change? I tried editing some of the stuff in php.ini and modifying a few other things, but no luck.

This is the stuff in php.ini I have been editing:
[mail function]
; For Win32 only.
;smtp_port = 465

; For Win32 only.
;sendmail_from =

; For Unix only. You may supply arguments as well (default: "sendmail -t -i").
sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail -t -i

; Force the addition of the specified parameters to be passed as extra parameters
; to the sendmail binary. These parameters will always replace the value of
; the 5th parameter to mail(), even in safe mode.
;mail.force_extra_parameters =
Old 10-28-2011, 11:38 AM   #2
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Alright so I edited /etc/qmail/locals to the new email server and that seems to have worked although it's much slower. I guess that's because it has to go through more steps or maybe it has something to do with the time setting.

Alright I thought that worked, but it seemed like it was taking increasingly longer to send the message. Anyone have any thoughts? I'm not that great with Linux.

Last edited by riderryuken; 10-28-2011 at 02:06 PM. Reason: more info
Old 10-30-2011, 06:56 PM   #3
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I'm not sure if I screwed this up by posting twice (three times now) since some forums people that help only look if there's one post, but anyone have any ideas?


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