Subject: RE: Exim with Exiscan
To: Steve Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Mirko Thiesen <thiesi@NetWorkXXIII.de>
Date: 11/06/2004 12:20:30
On Sat, 6 Nov 2004, Steve Brown wrote:
> Hi Mirko,
>> Did you set
>> exim=YES exim_flags="-bd -q15m"
>> in /etc/rc.conf? If yes, have a look at the various logfiles
> No I had not. Following another similar suggestion I received by email
> only, I have set exim=YES in the /etc/rc.conf, and copied the
you should set exim_flags to the values I posted or at least to something
similar, if you intend to use Exim in a real world scenario, as -qXm fires
up a queue runner every Xminutes, which certainly is what you want.
> /usr/pkg/etc/rc.d/exim file to /etc/rc.d/ This now loads up exim (hurrah!).
Oh, I hadn't thought of this. On my systems, I set PKG_RCD_SCRIPTS=YES in
/etc/mk.conf which installs the rc.d script(s) of a package (if there are
any) to /etc/rc.d automatically after a successful build. Maybe you should
consider setting this variable too - it can make life easier! ;-)
>> located under /var/log/exim and post any error messages
>> you'll find there.
> They now currently inform me that exim has no clue who or what is local etc.
> As before, this is fine as I can work from here, now I know I am able to
> test it.
Ah, I see. For a quick start, you should set the following variables in
/usr/pkg/etc/exim/configure to reasonable values:
If you'll dig a little deeper into Exim, you'll find out that everything
you can configure in the configuration file is very extensively documented
on the Exim website.
Another resource of information is the Exim mailing list, to which you
possibly should subscribe, though you might not understand very much of
what is posted there at first. But things will start getting clearer the
more you'll deal with Exim. Finally you'll find out there is (almost)
nothing that can't be controlled or at least tweaked in some way with
Exim. (This is what Tor Slettnes' document makes use of, btw. - almost
every step of an SMTP transaction is modified.)
>> When you actually manage to start Exim, you should have a
>> look at http://slett.net/spam-filtering-for-mx/. Tor Slettnes
>> describes quite a lot of anti-spam techniques in this
>> document (even though probably not everything he writes can
>> be applied to your scenario). It is a very good starting
>> point, and the greylisting stuff really gets you rid of
>> almost 100% of the spam.
> Sounds good to me, and I'll certainly go and have a look at that in due
Feel free to contact me (probably off-list if you think it's not of
interest for the general audience ;-) if you need any further help.
> Thanks for the help (knew it was something daft!)
Welcome to the wonderful world of Exim! ;-)
> Steve Brown
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