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Date:      Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:21:12 +0800
From:      Fbsd1 <fbsd1@a1poweruser.com>
To:        Pieter Donche <Pieter.Donche@ua.ac.be>
Cc:        "mail.list freebsd-questions" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   Re: FreeBSD 7, how to recieve internet mail
Message-ID:  <496EABA8.8060000@a1poweruser.com>
In-Reply-To: <Pine.GSO.4.63.0901141048070.5898@hmacs.cmi.ua.ac.be>
References:  <Pine.GSO.4.63.0901141048070.5898@hmacs.cmi.ua.ac.be>

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Pieter Donche wrote:
> On FreeBSD 7, out of the box, one can send mail to internet destinations
> and can send mail locally from one user to another user on the same
> FreeeBSD machine
> 
> But it can't receive mail from internet as it appears ..
> 
> A sendmail is running
> freebsd7box># ps -jaxw | grep sendmail
> smmsp 26649     1 26649 26649    0 Is    ??    0:00.00 sendmail: Queue 
> runner@00:30:00 for /var/spool/clientmqueue (sendmail)
> root  26651     1 26651 26651    0 Ss    ??    0:00.04 sendmail: 
> accepting connections (sendmail)
> 
> The machine is listening on port 25
> freebsd7box># netstat -na | grep 25
> tcp4       0      0  127.0.0.1.25           *.*                    LISTEN
> 
> But telnettting the freebsd box with its own ip address at port 25
> from the root account of the box
> freebsd7box># telnet 143.129.75.1 25
> Trying 143.129.75.1...
> telnet: connect to address 143.129.75.1: Connection refused
> 
> The only thing that works is
> freebsd7box># telnet localhost 25
> Trying 127.0.0.1...
> Connected to localhost.
> Escape character is '^]'.
> ...
> 
> How do I make the FreeBSD7 box accept connections to port 25 from all of 
> the
> internet ??
> 
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Your problem is not with sendmail but with your understanding of how 
email works. You need your own registered domain name pointing to the ip 
address assigned by your isp that is used by your freebsd system running 
your public sendmail program. Or if you use your isp domain name for 
your email then you need to add the fetchmail program to your freebsd 
system to get your eamil from your isp and hand it off to sendmail for 
queing on your system.

The 'Freebsd install guide' at www.a1poweruser.com has section 
explaining this subject in detail.



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