[Pkg-exim4-users] I can't send mails to Gmail, Freemail, my ISP mail etc.

Maarten Bezemer mcbexim at robuust.nl
Sun Jul 11 10:02:12 UTC 2010

On Sun, 11 Jul 2010, Paul Chany wrote:

> dc_local_interfaces=''
> dc_smarthost=''
> 2010-07-11 10:08:18 1OXrXB-0000VQ-3g gmail-smtp-in.l.google.com\
> [] Connection timed out

> Why can't I send mails from my Mail Server exim4 to Gmail, Freemail,
> my ISP mail, etc?

# host domain name pointer 164-111-17-217.static.stcable.net.

You probably need to use your ISP's smarthost (smtp.stcable.net) to send 
mail. Although I'm not entirely happy about ISPs blocking direct outbound 
SMTP access (while allowing inbound!), it is a relatively effective way 
for the ISP to reduce spam originating from their network.

(Besides, it's always better to use a smarthost when using a domestical 
internet access service, since a lot of servers won't accept mail from 
these ranges of IP-addresses.)


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