How to forward old root mails to an external email address?

Bill Tillman btillman99 at
Thu Feb 24 01:20:08 UTC 2011

From: Polytropon <freebsd at>
To: Bill Tillman <btillman99 at>
Cc: freebsd-questions <freebsd-questions at>
Sent: Wed, February 23, 2011 4:41:02 PM
Subject: Re: How to forward old root mails to an external email address?

On Wed, 23 Feb 2011 11:32:03 -0800 (PST), Bill Tillman <btillman99 at> 
> The only problem with this is that unlike 10 years ago, today almost all ISP's 

> block anything coming down port 25 unless you have an account that allows your 

> e-mail server to work. And they of course charge for this. I used to enjoy my 
> own private e-mail server but these days if the ISP's don't charge you for it 
> they block it.

This is sadly true and possibly the result of spamming
traditionally coming from compromised home PCs. Some
providers offer you to use their MX, so if you're using
sendmail as MTA, let it hand its messages to your ISP's
MX as a realy which will then identify by a "good IP".

This can be configured in your sendmail's mc as follows:

    define(`SMART_HOST', `mx.your.isp.blah')

Note that most relays will only accept messages coming
from the respective ISP's net, so when you try to use
it from a different ISP, it will deny your access.

Magdeburg, Germany
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Yes, but in the good ol' USA it's all about the money. They will not let me do 
anything like this unless I pay more to upgrade my service. The wierd thing is 
that once in a blue moon my IP address will change. Then I can send e-mail for a 
few hours or even days. but soon they will start blocking me saying that I have 
been identified as a spammer. But for a fee and a monthly reoccurring one at 
that, they can fix the problem for me. Not like the old days in 1998.


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