[Pkg-exim4-users] can't send e-mail with mutt using exim4

Ross Boylan RossBoylan at stanfordalumni.org
Mon Jan 4 00:35:14 UTC 2010

On Sun, 2010-01-03 at 23:15 +0100, Bernard wrote:
> Hi to Everyone,
> I have been using Mutt for several years, first on RedHat 7.2, then on 
> Debian Sarge. It worked, but since I used it only on occasional basis, I 
> can't say that I was familiar with it. Sending mail was based on smtp, 
> then on esmtp, now on exim4. I've not yet gotten it to work on my new 
> Debian Lenny system with exim4, at least for mail sending (it seems to 
> work for receiving).
> I have spent a lot of time dpkg-reconfiguring exim4-config and testing 
> various things, with no results.
If you want all your email delivered through one ISP, pick the smarthost
configuration (for dpkg-reconfigure) and answer questions accordingly.

Anything more complicated will, I think, require you to customize the
exim configuration file(s).  If you do so, be sure to notice whether you
set up (via dpkg) for split config or monolothic.

See /usr/share/doc/exim4-base/README.Debian.{gz,html} for more about
exim under Debian.  However, for more complex delivery options you'll
need to read the exim documentation.

>  In most cases, I get a local mail 
> message saying that the distant mail address is "unreacheable". I have 
> tried to introduce my ISP smtp login and password into the file : 
> /etc/exim4/passwd.client, using the shown syntax, but nothing worked so 
> far. 
I think that uses the password if delivery is attempted to that host,
but by itself it does not cause messages to be delivered there.
> Since I have three ISP with three smtp addresses, I tried each in 
> turn, modifying the other parameters in accordance, but I had no 
> success, mail never got to destination.
> What am I missing in my exim config, or in my .muttrc conf file, or 
> elsewhere ?
My guess is this is an exim rather than mutt issue, unless you've messed
around with your mutt setup.  The exim manual and the faq on the web
suggest various ways to diagnose delivery or routing problems using exim
without an email client.  That would help isolate the problem area.  My
guess is you have a routing issue, i.e., exim doesn't know where to send
the mail when it receives it.

Ross Boylan

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