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Date:      Thu, 22 Aug 1996 11:15:46 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Ken Marsh <durang@u.washington.edu>
To:        Annelise Anderson <andrsn@andrsn.stanford.edu>
Cc:        questions@FreeBSD.org
Subject:   Re: me again.  mail question
Message-ID:  <Pine.A32.3.92a.960822110656.160699D-100000@homer11.u.washington.edu>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.BSI.3.94.960822104521.10066B-100000@andrsn.stanford.edu>

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> > I've tried using sendmail on my own machine with about 60% success. Some
> > messages just never make it to the mailhosts, and they back up the
> > mailqueue. Using Pine locally to transport mail to the mailhost is also
> > only partially successful. Now I'm telneting an ISP server and using pine
> > remotely. This is the only guarantee I can actually send this message.
> >
> > Ken
>
> It just seems that something is not set up properly.  If pine is
> queuing your mail, you must have the mail server in the pine configuration
> file set to localhost.

Yes.

> This means you're using sendmail on your own
> machine as the mail transport agent, not the smtp at the isp.

Yes. Here's a question for ya: does sendmail see the mail through to the
addressee, or does it merely pass it to the SMTP mailhost?

> When
> you use sendmail -q to send the queued mail, it will (I think) send it
> to the default router that's set up when you log in to the isp.  That's
> why it's important to know what ip address the isp is using for itself,
> which should be the default route.  This may be dynamically assigned.

Yes. I think it is dynamically assigned. It is different every time I dial
in to the ISP.

A setup I would like to use is one where PINE sends mail to
the SMTP mailhost at the ISP. I know how to set that up, but on occasion
pine will reach the "sending mail | 100%" point and then lock up. After a
long period of time Pine reports that the SMTP connection is lost. I can
still ping the SMTP server at this point, so I don't know why the
connection is being lost. Perhaps something is timing out?

At any rate, I
couldn't resolve this problem so I moved on to using sendmail. After that
was problematic, I tried POP. I haven't put alot of effort into POP yet,
and in the mean time I'm telneting. It's slow, but at least it works.

Ken




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