[nSLUG] OT: mail server stuff (was Re: Apache)

Tim Johnson tjllml at cometonovascotia.ca
Fri Aug 7 12:08:58 ADT 2009

I also run apache from home on port 80 (Slackware). I use the linux box as
my gateway so there is no other firewall or router to fiddle with. I set my
SMTP to use Eastlink as a smarthost. The orginal poster seemed to indicate
he was using a router. I'd suspect some issue there first.


> On Fri, Aug 07, 2009 at 01:15:04AM -0300, Baha Baydar wrote:
>> Eastlink does NOT block port 80, I run several websites on a Slackware
>> server at home with no problems. They do however block outbound traffic
>> on
>> port 25/SMTP, I assume to prevent spam/bots/etc. (Or at least they used
>> to
>> and I haven't tested it recently since it's easy enough to use the
>> eastlink
>> server as a smartrelay)
> I've gotten in the habit of setting up SMTP (auth+ssl) on port 587 on
> the mail servers I setup, mainly so I can be guaranteed my laptop will
> send email from (basically) any network I'm on.
> Convenient and standards compliant workaround. Never felt the need to
> run a mail server from home... or at least, never felt my
> power/connection was reliable enough for it.
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