[svlug] mail relaying, jitterbug and me, The Final Chapter

josh joshw at speakeasy.net
Tue Aug 6 23:33:54 PDT 2002

I thought I'd tell everyone that I fixed it, and go through how I did
it, because I know everyone is just *dying* to know.

Long story made relatively short:

I had to install updated sendmail and sendmail-cf packages, along with
getting a copy of rbl.m4 from somewhere or other on the web.  I
regenerated the sendmail.cf file following the excellent instructions here:
http://www.rocketry.org/~tim/geek_stuff/sendmail.php, being very
careful to follow the instructions exactly.  The one exception is
the line sendmail.mc file:
  FEATURE(access_db, `hash /etc/mail/access')dnl
has to be changed to:
  FEATURE(access_db, `hash -T<TMPF> /etc/mail/access')dnl

Why?  What does -T<TMPF> do?  I have no idea.

Anyway.  Thanks to everyone who gave advice.  In closing, I'd like to
say that the idea of these weirdo machine-generated, nonreadable
config files is totally stupid and that I hope I never have to deal with
this ever again as long as I live, and that I'd like to scratch the face of
the person who thought of it in the first place.

- josh

Tuesday, August 06, 2002, 10:23:01 AM, I wrote:

j> Hi all.

j> I've recently tried to set up Jitterbug
j> (http://samba.anu.edu.au/jitterbug/) as an issue tracker for my
j> current project.  I'd used it before and heartily reccommend it.

j> The problem is that it relies on email to work, and my default install
j> of slackware8 doesn't seem to want to play nice.

j> Here's my configuration:

j> joshwalker.org points at my ip.  I have a stupid dsl 'router' that
j> points ports 25 and 110 at my linux machine.  When I try to email
j> anyone at joshwalker.org, I get this error message back from my work mail
j> daemon:

j> <code>
j>   Recipient address: me at joshwalker.org
j>   Reason: Remote SMTP server has rejected address
j>   Diagnostic code: smtp;550 5.7.1 <me at joshwalker.org>... Relaying denied
j>   Remote system: dns;mail.joshwalker.org
j> (TCP||59493|[my ip]|25)
j> (dslxxx-xxx-xxx.sfo2.dsl.speakeasy.net ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.4/8.11.4; Tue, 6 Au
j> 2002 10:11:14 -0700)
j> </code>

j> I wasn't really planning on learning sendmail when I started to set
j> this up.  Can anyone give me a quick pointer or two on how to allow
j> people to send me mail at my linux machine?

- josh

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