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

Bernard bdebreil at teaser.fr
Mon Jan 4 14:46:43 UTC 2010

Ross Boylan wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-01-04 at 13:30 +0100, Bernard wrote:
>> anymore. I tried apt-get remove exim4 and then installed again in the 
>> hope that I would recover default values, but the trick proved
>> useless.
> You need purge, not just remove, to get rid of config files.  Also, the
> controlling package is exim4-config.
Just done it, and recuperated the default config.

Results are now different, but no success so far in sending mail. No 
more "unreacheable address" though.

With that new config, my first test sent this : "mailing to remote 
address not supported". No surprise, since I now recall that this was 
the default config ; I already had this a few days ago, during my first 

So: dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config ==> smarthost relay selected instead 
of local mail only. However, I decided to leave in the list of 
IP addresses where exim will listen to incoming smtp connexions, since 
the explanation seems to indicate that it is the right choice in my case.

This being done, I made a new attempt to send mail to a distant address. 
/var/log/mainlog said : 'smarthost defer (-36). Host lookup for 
mail.free.fr did not complete (DNS timeout ?)

Then I replaced 'mail.free.fr' by 'smtp.free.fr' in both exim4 conf file 
(using dpkg-reconfigure) and in the /etc/exim4/passwd.client file, 
setting up login and passwd as shown in the example. This time, my new 
remote mail sending trial did not generate a message, at least not right 
away. Mainlog said this :

2010-01-04 15:12:24 1NRnfU-0004SL-L2 <= bd at free.fr U=bd P=local S=500 
id=20100104141224.GA17124 at free.fr

nothing more. No message arrived at the destination e-mail address. 
Three minutes later, a new message arrived at mainlog :

2010-01-04 15:15:33 1NRnfU-0004SL-L2 smtp.free.fr [] 
Connection timed out
2010-01-04 15:15:33 1NRnfU-0004SL-L2 == jacques.julien78 at orange.fr 
R=smarthost T=remote_smtp_smarthost defer (110): Connection timed out.

I will keep trials and keep you informed. By the way, I recalled that, 
at the very beginning (before Xmas), the few attempts that had lead to 
positive results in sending mail to remote addresses, had not required 
any smtp login and passwd.

> The exim4-doc-* packages have the upstream reference material in various
> formats.  You'll need to go to the web for the upstream FAQ.
> Ross

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