[nSLUG] recommended free shell for using swaks?

Joshua Bearden joshua.bearden at unb.ca
Tue Nov 18 18:57:28 AST 2008

I'm a very happy SDF user - if you want testimonial evidence.

Another option might be Amazon's E2C accounts. You can have access to
a whole virtual machine. It's not free but it scales, both downward
and upward so well that  you might be able to do what you want for
only a couple dollars.

I also remember HP had some test-drive accounts. Only they might not
have allowed outbound connections.

Last time I went through a list of truly free shell accounts I just
ended up coming back to SDF.



On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 1:32 PM, D G Teed <donald.teed at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 12:53 PM, Stephen Gregory <nslug at kernelpanic.ca>
> wrote:
>> On Tue, Nov 18, 2008 at 12:09:20PM -0400, D G Teed wrote:
>> >
>> > ISP's block outbound port 25 so this is why I seek
>> > something other than doing it from home.
>> Not all the ISPs block outbound port 25. Atleast in ON. Call around to
>> find one that doesn't.
> I'm in Nova Scotia.  We only have Eastlink and Aliant and they
> both block outbound port 25 unless it is to their SMTP or
> you pay a lot more than residential ISP rates for business connection.
> vex.net doesn't block this, but as I mentioned I don't want
> to pay for another ISP away from my home.
>> If there are none :-( consider an IPSec point to point link in
>> transport not tunnel mode. Transport mode with a PSK is easier to
>> setup and understand then trying to connect to networks over a
>> tunnel. If you are talking linux to linux this should be almost
>> easy. You could also try OpenVPN but then you are adding an extra
>> interface to the mailserver which may affect the tests. Either way the
>> ISP can filter what it can't see.
> Yes, that would work, for the task of testing mail server.
> Setting an alternative port on postfix and swaks is less efforts
> however.
> --Donald
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