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Re: New install -- MTA mail needs to be reconfigured

On Tue, Jul 12, 2005 at 04:21:18PM -0500, Benjamin Sher wrote:
> Dear friends:
> I finally installed my first Debian system earlier this morning and I 
> am very pleased with it. The install was flawless, but it was not 
> quite as easy as I thought because there were plenty more 
> questions AFTER the downloading of packages than I thought. 
> But all is well. However, as one would expect, there are always a 
> few issues that come up after a first install. I hope you can help 
> me with them. These are quite minor. But let me ask just one or 
> two at a time.

Hi Ben,

I would recommend to:
# apt-get install newbiedoc debian-doc debian-reference-en

Don't expect to understand it *all* (hell, I'm not sure I understand
half of it :-)), but it helps to see the overall picture before getting
bogged down with the details.

Also look at 'apt-cache search <searchterm>' ie:
apt-cache search doc
man apt-cache

> 1) All of my devices seem to have been configured correctly, 


> including my sound and video. That is, the video and sound work 
> fine. However, I can't find a specific listing of my video card and 
> sound card. Where precisely are they listed?

You mean like in M$? 

> 2) My first really critical issue has to do with mail. During Install 
> MTA, I was asked which mail system I wanted. I was advised to 
> select Smart? (can't remember the second part of the word) 


I would recommend installing exim4 over exim.
Choose monolithic for configuration files.

## note for later reference when configuring exim4
in /etc/exim4/exim4.conf.template add:

You will need to run 'update-exim4.conf.template' to update changes

This allows exim to work with fetchmail nicely.
## end note

> because I have a dynamic DHCP ADSL connection. So I selected 
> this option but it's clearly wrong because I am told 
> "Cannot connect to host localhost"

Who said that?

> ("localhost" is what I chose"). 


> How do I access the mail configuration utility and how do I correct 
> my settings so I can receive and send mail?
Ok, "the mail configuration utility" sounds like M$ mindset/talk.
Choose an MUA (Mail User Agent), an MDA (Mail Delivery Agent).
I use mutt as my MUA, but since you are presently using Pegasus I assume
you will want a GUI one although mutt could be run in an xterm! I use
procmail as my MDA which also filters my mail into various mailboxes
(indispensible for mailinglists). You will also need a program to get
your mail from your isp to your computer. I use fetchmail.

Each of these require configuration + testing.
Get local mail working - send mail to self
Get your me@your.isp.com mail working (send to self, use fetcmail to get

It may seem daunting at first, but take it slowly, read the docs under
/usr/share/doc/packagename/, ask here, and before you know it you will
be helping others :-)

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