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Re: using a smtp server (not sendmail)

From: Gernot Hassenpflug
Subject: Re: using a smtp server (not sendmail)
Date: Fri, 11 May 2007 19:58:48 +0900
User-agent: Gnus/5.110006 (No Gnus v0.6) Emacs/22.0.95 (gnu/linux)

Uri Guttman <> writes:

> is there any way to get emacs/gnus to use my isp's smtp server directly?
> from what i can find it uses /usr/xxx/sendmail (which in my case is
> provided by qmail). my problem really is that verizon fios outbound smtp
> required authentication and qmail doesn't support that without a
> patch. since outbound isn't an issue (i do use qmail for inbound just
> fine) i thought i could bypass it inside emacs/gnus. only a few symbols
> are found with smtp in them.

gnus is a MUA, with MTA ability added with something like
smtp.el. It's not as featureful and powerful as the sendmail program
of course.

If you put a simple MTA on your machine (nullmailer,
esmtp,ssmtp,nbsmtp, or configure exim4 or postfix to act as satellite
MTAs) you'll probably have a better time of it. That MTA also receives
the mail for you if you have local delivery. AFAIK gnus cannot deliver
mail to you, but needs a backend (calling fetchmail, for instance).

Grrr!!  ...Pick a reason...

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