[Pkg-exim4-users] Use of primary_hostname with visiblename

Marc Haber mh+pkg-exim4-users at zugschlus.de
Wed Oct 18 13:40:41 UTC 2006


On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 09:01:10AM -0400, Bill Horne wrote:
> Because I have been trading emails with a system that demands perfect
> forward/backward lookups on HELO info, I've changed the primary_hostname
> of my Exim4 installation. 
> I have Linux setup as billhorne.homelinux.org, but because that name
> doesn't match the MX record assigned to my IP address, another MTA is
> refusing to accept my mail. Ergo, I have forced Exim to use the A record
> assigned by my ISP.

A host checking that a message coming in from the MX host of the
domain is fundamentally broken. That host is going to miss a _lot_ of

> Since I want those I write to see "billhorne.homelinux.org" in my email
> address, and not "dsl092-086-246.bos1.dsl.speakeasy.nyet"I also set the
> "visiblename" option in update-exim4.conf.conf so that my "from" domain
> would remain billhorne.homelinux.org, ran the update-exim4.conf and
> restarted the MTA, but the change had no effect.

The visible name is only used if exim is configured to hide the mail

In your case, I'd use your ISP's smarthost since a lot of hosts don't
accept messages delivered directly from residential DSL connections.


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