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Re: eximconfig option 2: why not send mail directly?



On Wed, Nov 22, 2000 at 09:01:18AM -1000, Griffith Feeney wrote:
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> Getting incoming mail from POP servers makes sense, since I'm only
> intermittantly connected, but why not have exim send mail directly? What is
> gained or saved by going through the "smarthost"?

I think you are mixing two distinc things here.

1) using a smart host:

  It saves you the trouble of setting up good mail records, retrying to
  sent to remote host (tricky when you yourself are intermittently connected)
  and what have you.  Let your ISP have the burden of keeping a full fledged
  reliable mail system working 24 hours a day, seven days a week:)

2) direct delivery:

  Depending on your exim configuration outgoing mail is sent directly to your
  ISP via SMTP or it's delayed and only sent after a cron job or directly
  once you connect to your ISP or via uucp; just configure to your liking.
  In the past people posted solutions to change exim's configs on the fly,
  normal working just queue outgoing messages, on connection to the internet
  flush the queue and change to sending immediately, and on signing off from
  the internet restore the default queing behaviour.  Mind you, in this
  setup you'r still best off with using your ISP as a smart host and forward
  all non-local mail to him for further delivery.

hope this helps.

-- 
groetjes, carel



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