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Old 09-08-2004, 02:47 PM   #1
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how to get exim to send email?

I'm currently using thrunderbird to try and send email to my online email address (just for no reason, i got bored today)

anyways, I'm using exim as the MTA, and qpopper as the pop3 server (i think it should work right?)

anyways, i installed them, but right now I'm stuck with exim not sending my email

i have thunderbird configured to use the loopback device as the server, and it works fine, but exim keeps returning (at least acording to thurnderbird)

Varification failed for

Unrouteable address

sender verify failed" ... then it asks me to check preferences (the username is my username, and the address i used was both and my ip address according to ifconfig

anyways, i tried going thru the manuals and docs, and even the default config file (tried removing the ACL's but that just led to it saying there was a internal error

anyone know how to get this thing to send email?
Old 09-08-2004, 03:59 PM   #2
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Make sure you have these in your exim.conf:
hostlist   relay_from_hosts =
# allows mail from localhost to be relayed to an external server
# allow "user@" addresses.
Note that "allow_domain_literals" is NOT a recommended setting, especially on a production machine. If I understand, you are just fooling around with this, but ip addresses can easily be spoofed, turning your box into an open relay for spammers.

A better idea is to create a hostname for your box (if you haven't already) then edit/add these lines in exim.conf:
primary_hostname = your_hostname
domainlist local_domains = your_hostname
If this still doesn't work for you, you can test if the problem is with exim or not by telneting to port 25 and sending mail manually:
[me@mine]$ telnet localhost 25
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 nina.badcomputer ESMTP Exim 4.41 Wed, 08 Sep 2004 12:51:57 -0700
helo localhost
250 nina.badcomputer Hello localhost []
250 OK
250 OK
354 Enter message, ending with "." on a line by itself
This is a test email
250 OK id=1C58a9-00043g-M6
221 nina.badcomputer closing connection
Connection closed by foreign host.
Old 09-08-2004, 06:56 PM   #3
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ah thanks,..

ok, the problem is diffidently not exim, well. at least i can telnet into it and send a simple message just fine, (curiously tho, there was no address on the message when it arived at my yahoo inbox )

anyways, thunderbird is still not getting along with exim , any ideas? (i tried both of those options and thunderbird is still not playing)

also i have one more question, is there some special setting needed for qpopper ? when i try to get my mail (well,... not like i have any, just checking is i can) it keeps coming back saying something like "pam :unknown module (28) " ... any ideas on that either?
Old 09-08-2004, 07:29 PM   #4
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qpopper distributes a very good manual called GUIDE.pdf
if it's not in your docs you can get it from the website and it's in the source tarball as well
Old 09-08-2004, 08:26 PM   #5
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thanks ... looks like i can look forward to reading manules in the next few days

shame thres no program that can whip misfit programs into shape ./...


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