[Techtalk] easy SMTP authentication with any MTA

Carla Schroder carla at bratgrrl.com
Tue Feb 25 22:22:59 EST 2003

On Tuesday 25 February 2003 08:21 pm, Morgan Landry wrote:
> I'd really like to use mutt as my MUA instead of Mozilla,
>  but to use it I want to be able to both send and receive mail.
> To receive mail, I just type:
> fetchmail -m procmail
> and email is automatically sent from my my school's mail
> server to my hard drive.  It's that easy.  Sending mail
> has been much more difficult.  The only way seems to
> be a MTA like sendmail (which is difficult and way too
> complex for my needs).  If there's an easy
> way to do the following, I'd love it:
> 1. Type in message in mutt (or the MUA of your choice) and send it.
> 2. Mutt goes to a MTA and gives it the message.
> 3. The MTA connects with my school's server.
> 4. My school's server uses LOGIN. It asks for my password.
> 5. The MTA gives it my password.
> 6. The school's server sends the message along on its merry way.
> I've tried doing something with sendmail, but it's been _way_ too
> time consuming and confusing. There must be a simpler way,
> but I haven't found it yet.  Any advice?

Now I'm confused. Can't you configure mutt to connect directly to your 
school's SMTP server? I'm not a mutt user, any other email client can do 
this, so I assume mutt can too.

Carla Schroder
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