[Pkg-exim4-users] How to do a basic EXIM4 set-up just to send system alerts ?

Ken Walker ken.walker at manchester.ac.uk
Wed Oct 18 18:19:59 UTC 2006

Many thanks for you reply,

I've got debian set-up as a file server using quotas, a mdadm raid5 and
apcupsd monitoring my ups.

I know these applications can send e-mails when faults or quotas are

All i want is the machine to send those e-mails to my standard works e-mail
account. That's all, nothing complicated or dedicated.

But it all seems to complicated for such a simple request.


-----Original Message-----
From: pkg-exim4-users-bounces at lists.alioth.debian.org
[mailto:pkg-exim4-users-bounces at lists.alioth.debian.org]On Behalf Of
Marc Haber
Sent: 18 October 2006 5:29pm
To: Debian Exim List
Subject: Re: [Pkg-exim4-users] How to do a basic EXIM4 set-up just to
send system alerts ?

On Wed, Oct 18, 2006 at 04:38:20PM +0100, Ken Walker wrote:
> I know EXIM4 is installed by default, but how do i set it up just to send
> and do nothing else.

An MTA always receives and send. It cannot send a message it didn't

I am thus interpreting your query that you want your _system_ to only
send messages. The easiest way to accomplish something like that is to
have exim listen on only as mentioned in the documentation.
Some process on your system might want to send out notifications via
SMTP to localhost.

However, limiting which process or binary can deliver a message to
exim is extraordinarily hard and IMO not worth the trouble.

>  Or would sendmail be easier,

If you know how to reach your goal with sendmail, you can of course do
so. I suspect that it is as hard with sendmail as it is with exim.

You might want to explain in a little more detail what exactly you
intend to accomplish.


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