Request for assistance

Mark Glassberg mark_glassberg at
Fri Dec 20 10:07:24 EST 2002

On Thu, Dec 19, 2002 at 09:18:51PM -0500, John Abreau wrote:
> Those are two entirely different modes of operation. When you telnet 
> to port 25, the remote sendmail sees you as the direct end-user sending 
> the message, whereas when your sendmail relays your message to the 
> remote sendmail, the remote sendmail sees your sendmail as a middle-man. 
> While such relaying is part of the basic design of sendmail, the fact 
> remains that spammers have taken unscrupulous advantage of it for years, 
> and as a result it's now considered bad practice to allow relaying in any 
> but the most controlled and restricted fashion. 
> The normal approach would be to ask your ISP to modify their server's 
> setup to allow relaying from your address. I wouldn't expect much 
> cooperation from them on this, though. 

Neither do I.  Is there any way to get my sendmail mailer to imitate a
direct connection?  If not, do you know of a linux mailer that can?  If
not, do you know of a linux user mail program to replace mutt which
sends mail to an external server? 

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