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Old 12-02-2006, 02:27 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2001
Location: Manchester UK
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Unhappy Evolution SMTP problem

Hello all

Been away a while, busy playing with cars, working etc, so not posted for a long time.

I have been using Fedora since it used to be Red Hat, so I'm a bit set in my ways. Recently upgraded to core 6, and it all seemed fine - until I started using email.

Basically evolution with standard settings seems to hang on sending mail - it's not all the time, if Evolution is freshly started it all seems fine, but after a few presses of the send receive button, the bar for sending mail stays grey - normally there's a blue progress bar that fills the line up - and that's it, can't send any more mail. If I try to close evolution it hangs, and I have to kill it. I have even had to put a killev button on my panel.

So I decided it was something wrong in my smtp config, couldn't see anything wrong, and I've used the same mail account for 5 years, so I know what the settings are! Fiddles with everything I could see, no change in behaviour, so I decided to switch evolution to using the cursed sendmail.

Using sendmail, the same thing happens, but what I have noticed is that if it has stopped, and I switch between the SMTP server and sendmail, all starts working again for a few presses of that button.

Evolution doesn't seem to show any errors, maillog looks OK. I actually switched to using a windows machine for a bit, but I missed Gnome too much - even my Wife said she preferred Linux

If I use my windoze XP laptop and Outlook to access the account, it all runs fine. My exchange account can sometimes be a bit slow, but there's lots of calendar stuff in there, so I can understand that. The SMTP/sendmail problem shouldn't have any connection with it though so far as I am aware.

I've reconfigured the network interfaces, reinstalled evolution, redone my smtp config countless times, just can't seem to make it work.

Anyone have any ideas?

Old 12-03-2006, 07:15 AM   #2
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You might try installing thunderbird to see if your problem lies within evolution. If you get the same result you will know your configuration is to blame.
Old 12-07-2006, 03:53 PM   #3
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Thunderbird works, so does Evolution until I enable connector and set up my exchange account. I need exchange for my calendar, so will have to keep fiddling!


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