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Old 01-05-2004, 08:05 AM   #1
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: Oxford
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mutt will only send internal emails to other users on my computer, not external addrs

i have recently tried using mutt on my linux box. i am running Redhat 9.

the rpm installed fine with no error messages and i managed to call up mutt with no problems.

i tried emailing a message to root.

To: rooot@als.domain [that's my domain name for my computer]
Subject: blahblah

Any way, i logged on as root and i found the message in my mailbox all right. so i can send messages to other users on the same machine. i guess this means sendmail is working fine.

then i try sending to an external email address, a hotmail one and it just doesn't work. mutt says "message sent" but i go to hotmail and i never receive it.

i don't knpow very much about mutt, just started using it. could someone tell me what i am doign wrong please?

ALSO, presently, mutt is sending and receiving email to and from my local computer, how do i configure it to receive an external POP mail account? can mutt use SMTP or must it use MTA?

Old 01-05-2004, 08:24 AM   #2
Registered: Jan 2003
Location: Sweden
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I think you're having problems with your Sendmail setup. Perhaps procmail is used for local delivery and that's why it works locally?

Mutt works great with pop/smtp. Check out the sample configuration-files on their homepage ( to see how it's done.

Happy mailling..


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