Forum OpenACS Q&A: ns_sendmail

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Posted by James Bennin on
Where is the procedure ns_sendmail declared?  I think I need to make some modification to that procedure.
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Posted by Mat Kovach on
ns_sendmail is defined in /usr/local/aolserver/modules/tcl/sendmail.tcl

It is not part of OpenACS.

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Posted by James Bennin on
Thank you for letting me know.  But isnt it used in OpenACS?  I believe so because in my error log I keep getting this error:

[21/Aug/2003:16:41:29][4410.237579][-sched:9-] Error: ns_sendmail failed: could not connect to "localhost:25"

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Posted by C. R. Oldham on
You don't have an smtp server running and listening on your local machine then.
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Posted by Mat Kovach on
Yes, it is used in OpenACS.  The problem you are having is that (as the error messages states), your machine can not connect to localhost ( port 25.

Do you have a mail server running on the server?
netstat -na | grep 25

Can you telnet to localhost, port 25
telnet localhost 25

You might have to change the settings in the your conifg file to point to a working mail server on your network:
ns_param  mailhost ;# SMTP host for ns_sendmail

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Posted by Jarkko Laine on

Like you were told in a previous <a href="">thread</a> (and a couple of times in this thread), your problem most probably is, that your mail transfer agent is not running (or at least accepting connections). I don't think modifying ns_sendmail will help you here.

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Posted by James Bennin on
I fixed the ns_sendmail proc, by replacing the smtp parameter with my mail server.  It is now working fine.  Thank you for your help.
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Posted by Andrew Piskorski on
Ah, you "fixed" it? More like, you broke it. Note that the ns_sendmail code specifically does this:
set smtp [ns_config ns/parameters mailhost]
That gets the SMTP server from your AOLserver config file. If you have no such entry in your config file, ns_sendmail defaults to using localhost. So all you had to do was add the proper mailhost line into your config file.
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Posted by James Bennin on
Hey buddy, I fixed and it works fine, ok.  I did not break anything.  The mail is able to go out to its proper recipients and I am not getting any sendmail error any more.  And by the way, setting smtp with my mailhost/server name is what I did to fix.  So thank you for your comments.