Re: Bad exim configuration (was: fetchmail gives me headache)
Morten Liebach wrote:
> My /etc/inetd.conf looks like this:
> #:MAIL: Mail, news and uucp services.
> smtp stream tcp nowait mail /usr/sbin/exim exim -bs
> nntp stream tcp nowait news /usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/sbin/leafnode
> #:INFO: Info services
> finger stream tcp nowait nobody /usr/sbin/tcpd /usr/sbin/in.fingerd
> ident stream tcp wait identd /usr/sbin/identd identd
> These are the only lines that are not commented out. Try to copy the
> line for smtp from above, it should work.
And so I did... It works!
> Do you actually need all the things you have running?
Certainly not. I barely know what they are good for. You see I have a
lot to learn...
> Is it slink you use?
Yes, but I want to upgrade to potato as soon as the CDs are easily
available for me. I downloaded quite a big part of slink from the
Internet (about 210 packages) and I have a *really* slow connection,
so I don't want to go through this again.
I will need potato for X. The slink version doesn't work for my video
> > This is the output of nmap in my case:
> > 9 tcp discard
> > 13 tcp daytime
> > 21 tcp ftp
> > 23 tcp telnet
> > 37 tcp time
> > 79 tcp finger
> > 111 tcp sunrpc
> > 113 tcp auth
> > 512 tcp exec
> > 513 tcp login
> > 514 tcp shell
> > 515 tcp printer
> It isn't a very secure setup on anything but a ``trusted network'',
> whatever that is.
I'm not surprised to read that.
> As you are on a dial-up like me, you probably don't need any of these
> ports, nmap of my machine:
> Port State Protocol Service
> 22 open tcp ssh secure shell.
> 25 open tcp smtp EXIM!!!
> 79 open tcp finger nifty thing, not important.
> 80 open tcp http Apache, dwww on-line docs
> 113 open tcp auth identd, for IRC ...
> 119 open tcp nntp leafnode newsserver.
> 515 open tcp printer ...
> 1024 open tcp unknown What is this??
> 6000 open tcp X11 ...
> Ports 79 and 113 could be shut down ... but doing that isn't very
> inportant for me.
nmap now gives me the following list:
Open ports on woof (127.0.0.1):
Port Number Protocol Service
25 tcp smtp
111 tcp sunrpc
515 tcp printer
...though I still don't know what sunrpc is good for.
> > [...]
> > Please would you be so kind to check them if they are correct?
> > [...]
> > Q: Which user accounts should system administrator mail go to?
> > A: andy
> Is ``andy'' your username?
> If so, your outgoing mail will claim to come
> from andy@woof with this setup [...]
Mail for the 'postmaster and 'root' accounts is usually
redirected to one or more user accounts of the actual system
administrator [...who is me...]. By default [...] mail for
postmaster and for various system accounts is redirected to
root, and mail for 'root' is redirected to a real user [...]
Which user account(s) should system administrators mail go to?
Enter one or more usernames [...] Enter 'none if you want to
leave this mail in root's mailbox - NB this is strongly
By entering 'andy' I have got messages from my system delivered to
I have to explain that this isn't really local delivery as I have a
standalone PC with no LAN. It just goes from localhost to localhost.
This happened several times and I felt nothing bad about it.
Isn't this common practice? If not, what else should I enter?
> > Well, at least I know that exim works for _local deliveries_ [...]
> So it is just a broken inetd.conf.
Shouldn't inetd.conf have been updated during the installation of exim?
Perhaps it is a bug in the exim package, but I haven't checked the bug
> Fix it as per above, and do a ``killall -HUP inetd''.
And so I did. Mail is now delivered to /var/spool/mail/andy just like
I thought. Thank you very much again.
The next thing will be setting up mutt.
> > > [...] Look at my homepage [...]
I will have a thorough look at your .muttrc...