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Exim here is your sendmail facility. Normally you use it to send email. Not receive email. You probably don't receive email with Exim, as you sensibly use a Dreamhost IMAP account instead.

Exim 4

This is a typical configuration for a Debian system.

View your log:

tail -f /var/log/exim4/mainlog

Create a mail user http://panel.dreamhost.com/

Your smtp relay will probably be mail.example.com. In this example, mine is mail.dabase.com.

From Debian Etch configuration (site down, please provide mirror) setup a satellite configuration and edit:


And put in your Dreamhost mail username and password.

Test like so on a shell:

echo Please work | mail -s "testing" me@example.com

Note it does take a bit of time for Dreamhost to set the mail account, so your mail relay might be not authorising at first.

You might need to restart the service too:

sam$ sudo /etc/init.d/exim4 restart

Setting up 587

Optionally, you probably want to append port = 587 to the split configuration file:


As many ISPs block the normal port 25 as they think you're trying to relay spam. More info: http://wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php/KB_/_Email_/_POP3/IMAP/SMTP_Servers#Does_my_ISP_block_port_25.3F