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Email setup with esmtp and mutt. Not working !

Posted by Steve 
Email setup with esmtp and mutt. Not working !
October 04, 2014 10:12AM
Hello All,

I have followed the following instruction as mentioned in the following link,

Instructions followed :
Configure esmtp
First, create a .esmtprc file with the right permissions:
touch ~/.esmtprc
chmod g-rwx ~/.esmtprc
chmod o-rwx ~/.esmtprc

Edit the .esmtprc in your home directory, and add lines like this:

identity "my.email@gmail.com" --> My actual mail id.
hostname smtp.gmail.com:587 --> I have tried 456 and 587
username "my.email@gmail.com" --> My actual mail id.
password "ThisIsNotARealPassWord" --> My actual password.
starttls required

Next, set up the mail client, mutt, with some defaults, but creating a .muttrc file in your homedirectory:

set sendmail="/usr/bin/esmtp"
set envelope_from=yes
set from="Your Name <my.email@gmail.com>" --> My actual password.
set use_from=yes
set edit_headers=yes

Test your email setup

Next, let's send a test email message with mutt. Run this command:


I have tried both the smtp configuration. 456 and 587.

The message in the mutt shows "sending message..." and the message is never sent.

How to rectify this issue ? Have I missed some steps ?

Thanks in avdvanc !
Re: Email setup with esmtp and mutt. Not working !
October 04, 2014 11:03AM
This question is closed !
I tried with 587 and it works ! Surprising !

I am in a state of answering others questions on this topic as I have spent almost 2 days on the issue.
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Hi Steve,

I'm observing the same error.I'm trying to rectify it but could not.Please help me in this regard.I used 587 for port address.

Thanks & regards,
Bhanusree Pola.
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