Configuring exim

Philipp Frank Philipp.Frank at web.de
Fri Jul 18 11:50:45 PDT 2003


Hi there!

Exim is driving me nuts, I'd really love to get some help with
that... Here's what I want to do: Mail to a local use should be
delivered locally, other mail over a smarthost with smtp
authentication. The second works, but the first makes trouble.

I'm using exim 4.20, which I configured mainly via the combination of
the exim hint and from the book, together with a working configuration
of exim 3.35 I have. One could read my exim.conf at
www.pipsfrank.de/exim.conf. Here is an excerpt from exim_mainlog (pips
is a local user I tried to send mail to sending to
"pips at localhost". When adressing to "pips", exim would try to send it
to "pips at web.de", which I don't understand or want as well...):

2003-07-18 17:10:46 19dWsg-0000CN-E0 <= Philipp.Frank at web.de U=root
P=local S=424 id=200
30718151046.GA762 at Rambazamba
2003-07-18 17:10:46 19dWsg-0000CN-E0 == pips at localhost R=localuser
T=local_delivery defe
r (13): Permission denied: creating lock file hitching post
/var/mail/pips.lock.Rambazam
ba.Rappel.Zappel.3f180df6.00000301 (euid=1000 egid=11)
2003-07-18 17:11:47 19dWtf-0000Ce-46 <= Philipp.Frank at web.de U=root
P=local S=431 id=200
30718151147.GA779 at Rambazamba
2003-07-18 17:11:47 19dWtf-0000Ce-46 == pips at localhost R=localuser
T=local_delivery defe
r (13): Permission denied: creating lock file hitching post
/var/mail/pips.lock.Rambazam
ba.Rappel.Zappel.3f180e33.00000312 (euid=1000 egid=11)
2003-07-18 17:17:59 19dWzf-0000RQ-7r <= Philipp.Frank at web.de U=root
P=local S=428 id=200
30718151759.GA1695 at Rambazamba
2003-07-18 17:17:59 19dWzf-0000RQ-7r == pips at localhost R=localuser
T=local_delivery defe
r (13): Permission denied: failed to create directories for /var/mail:
Permission denied
2003-07-18 17:19:01 19dX0f-0000Rh-Bc <= Philipp.Frank at web.de U=root
P=local S=427 id=200
30718151901.GA1712 at Rambazamba
2003-07-18 17:19:01 19dX0f-0000Rh-Bc == pips at localhost R=localuser
T=local_delivery defe
r (13): Permission denied: creating lock file hitching post
/var/mail/pips.lock.Rambazam
ba.Rappel.Zappel.3f180fe5.000006b7 (euid=1000 egid=11)

Now one thing is: do I have to create the mailboxes in /var/mail
myself? I tried without creating the, I tried just creating them, I
tried all sensemaking combinations of permissions... it just wouldn't
help. On the exim mailing list, nobody is answering, so I'm trying my
luck here. I'd really be grateful for any hint...

Cheers
Philipp
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