how do I get STARTTLS working with sendmail on FreeBSD 10.3 ?

William Dudley wfdudley at
Thu Mar 23 00:32:15 UTC 2017

I have news for you.  Unless this feature was just removed from
sendmail/FreeBSD, it should
work.  It WAS WORKING until November 2016.

Bill Dudley

This email is free of malware because I run Linux.

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Jim Ohlstein <jim at> wrote:

> Hello,
> On 3/18/17 6:44 PM, William Dudley wrote:
>> A google search does not reveal a useful answer.
>> I just want to use a self-signed certificate so I can get my email from my
>> FreeBSD mail server to my cell phone.  My FreeBSD server runs sendmail.
>> I don't really want to switch to postfix, qmail, etc. etc.
> I'm sorry to be the one to break it to you after all this time and effort,
> but AFAIK Sendmail speaks neither POP3 nor IMAP so you  cannot use it as an
> MDA. You can use it to *send* email from your phone, but not to retrieve
> it. You also can use it to forward mails to another email address from
> which you can retrieve it, of that's what you want.
> If you want to retrieve emails using your phone's email client, you will
> need an MDA. I use mail/dovecot2.
> I know that you do not want to install a different MTA, but after all this
> effort I'd suggest trying Exim. TLS is supported out of the box (in the
> default ports/packages configuration) and is extremely easy to configure
> [1]. You can use Dovecot authorization [2] with Exim, killing two birds
> with one stone.
> [1]
> encrypted_smtp_connections_using_tlsssl.html - see Section 6
> [2]
> --
> Jim Ohlstein
> "Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the
> difference." - Mark Twain

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