[Pkg-exim4-users] Debian Exim Setup Problem

Thomas H. George lists at tomgeorge.info
Mon Jan 16 15:44:47 UTC 2006

I have not been able to setup exim4 so that I can send mail from Mutt 
over a Verizon DSL connection.  After trying numerous configurations I 
am confused by the distinction, if any, between the outgoing SMTP server 
and the Smarthost.  Certainly this is elementary but after studying 
README.Debian.gz and exim4-doc-html and learning to use a number of 
exim4 command options and logging options I still can't get an exim4 
setup that works.  I start from the known working Mozilla setup:

Account Name: lists
Your Name: Thomas H. George
email address: lists at tomgeorge.info
POP mail server
server name: mail.tomgeorge.info port 110
user name: lists at tomgeorge.info
Outgoing Server (SMTP) Settings
server name: outgoing.verzison.net port 25  Use TLS if available
user name: dryden

The first time this setup is used it asks for the password for 
lists at tomgeorge.info.  It does not require the password for the Verizon 
DSL account.

I try to duplicate this setup for exim4 by running dpkg-reconfigure 

Split configuration into small files?: No
mail sent by smarthost; received via SMTP or fetchmail
System mail name: tomgeorge.info
IP address to listen to:
Other destinations for which mail is accepted: Left Blank
Machines to relay for: Left Blank
Machine handling outgoing mail for this host (smarthost): 
Hide local name in outgoing mail: No
Keep number of DNS-queries minimal: No

In addition I have edited the file /etc/exim4/passwd.client adding a


With this setup and log_selector = +all tail of mainlog ends with

2006-01-16 09:48:39 End queue run: pid=11451
2006-01-16 09:58:51 cwd=/home/tom 7 args: sendmail -oem -oi -f lists at tomgeorge.info -- mail at tomgeorge.info
2006-01-16 09:58:51 1EyVop-0002zl-Nz <= lists at tomgeorge.info U=tom P=local S=442 id=20060116145851.GA11507 at tomgeorge.info T="From Mutt" from <lists at tomgeorge.info> for mail at tomgeorge.info
2006-01-16 09:58:51 cwd=/var/spool/exim4 3 args: /usr/sbin/exim4 -Mc 1EyVop-0002zl-Nz
2006-01-16 09:58:52 1EyVop-0002zl-Nz == mail at tomgeorge.info R=smarthost T=remote_smtp_smarthost defer (-53): retry time not reached for any host

FAQ A0608 in exim4-doc-html says this is not an error but this is all I 
get.  After trying many variations of this setup I have three days of 
test messages to my other mailbox in the queue and every transmission 
results in this message.

Please straighten me out on this problem.

Tom George

PS  I have learned to delete messages in the queue with the command 
exim4 -Mrm <message id> and to retreive the message id's with exim4 -bp 
but I can't find a way delete a range of messages.  Is there such a beast?

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