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Old 09-19-2018, 08:07 PM   #1
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Alpine Mail Client Mail Sending Issue


I decided it was time to learn something new, so I set up the Alpine mail client, with the help of several tutorials I found in the web. On Debian's recommendation, I installed exim4 as the MTA.

I got it to receive from Cox, but when I try to send, I get an error that I "Need MAIL before RCPT."

A web search turned up a reference at Stack Overflow saying that the solution was The solution was "The solution was to set Primary Internet e-mail address in the Edit user account interface" but I think that is referring to the poster's email account, not to Alpine. Alpine does not appear to have a "Primary Internet email address" field in its configuration.

Since Alpine appears to pass configuration information to exim and I've not used exim before, my gut feeling is that there should be a way to address this through Alpine, but I am at sea and figured I'd ask if someone here could point me in the right direction.
 
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Hi frankbell,

Did you try to use mail(x), or (better in your case) telnet and SMTP commands to send out mail and see what happens?

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No. Indeed, I haven't messed with telnet for years.

I'll do some more testing tomorrow, check my firewall settings (I'm pretty sure it's allow-all out, but I'll double-check), and report back.
 
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No. Indeed, I haven't messed with telnet for years.

I'll do some more testing tomorrow, check my firewall settings (I'm pretty sure it's allow-all out, but I'll double-check), and report back.
It's not a firewall problem, since you connect to the smtp server and get the error message.
 
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Thanks for the responses.

I didn't think it was the firewall, but I try to look under every stone, because I've been wrong before. I think it was back in aught-six . . . .

I didn't get any testing done today, but I did some homework on exim. This is not an emergency and stuff comes up.
 
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Just an update: I'm still working on this and taking notes as I go. I'll update when I have something of consequence.
 
  


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