On Aug 23, 2006, at 8:50 PM, Nicholas Ink wrote:
The first problem I experienced was that there a host name lookup
failure for "gmail.com," which I have subsequently corrected by adding
the line:

gmail.com       smtp:[smtp.gmail.com]

to /etc/mail/mailertable.

This is wrong; you should be using an IP address inside the domain- literal form (square brackets).

You should try to fix whatever the problem with your DNS is, instead.
"dig -t mx gmail.com" should return valid results....

However, there is still a problem, when I
try to send an e-mail, /var/log/maillog says:

Aug 23 23:18:08 arches sm-mta[1049]: k7O3I7K2001049:
from=<[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, size=397, class=0, nrcpts=1,
msgid=<[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, proto=ESMTP, daemon=IPv6,
relay=localhost [IPv6:::1]

Aug 23 23:18:16 arches sm-mta[1051]: STARTTLS=client,
relay=gmail-smtp.l.google.com., version=TLSv1/SSLv3, verify=FAIL,
cipher=DES-CBC3-SHA, bits=168/168

Aug 23 23:18:16 arches sm-mta[1051]: k7O3I7K2001049:
to=<[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, ctladdr=<[EMAIL PROTECTED]> (1007/0),
delay=00:00:08, xdelay=00:00:08, mailer=smtp, pri=30397,
relay=gmail-smtp.l.google.com. [], dsn=5.0.0,
stat=Service unavailable

Aug 23 23:18:16 arches sm-mta[1051]: k7O3I7K2001049: k7O3IGK2001051:
DSN: Service unavailable

where arches is my host name.  I can't understand why it continues to
say "Service unavailable" when I know Gmail is not experiencing any
downtime or anything else.  Is this some sort of spam filter?

Yes, on their side. gmail.com isn't going to relay random email without you authenticating first, probably; look into configuring SMTP AUTH on your side, or talk with <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> about what their requirements are to permit you to relay via their mail servers.

However, normally people configure their machines to relay email via the SMTP server(s) which your ISP provides, as they are generally configured to trust their client networks without requiring SMTP AUTH and thus are easier to use...


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