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7. Sample Beginning

By default, GNU Anubis binds to port number 24 (private mail system), so there shouldn't be any conflict with your local MTA (Mail Transport Agent). You just have to reconfigure your MUA (Mail User Agent) to make it talk to GNU Anubis directly on port number 24. All MUAs are normally set up to talk directly to the MTA, so you must change their settings and specify GNU Anubis' port number as their target. This makes GNU Anubis to work as an outgoing mail processor between your MUA and the MTA. Read your MUA's documentation for more information.

Now you must choose whether you want to connect GNU Anubis with a remote or local SMTP host via TCP/IP or a local SMTP program, which works on standard input and output. In the first case, specify the following option:

REMOTE-MTA smtp-host:25

In the second case (local SMTP program), specify this:

LOCAL-MTA /path/to/your/mta/mta-executable -bs

Please note that the ‘-bs’ command line option is a common way to run MTAs on standard input and output, but it is not a rule. Read your local MTA's documentation, how to get it working on standard input and output.

If you would like to run GNU Anubis on port number 25 (which is a default value for the SMTP) or any other port number, then you must specify the ‘bind’ keyword. For instance, the following code will bind GNU Anubis to ‘localhost:25’:

BIND localhost:25

This can make a conflict between GNU Anubis and your local MTA, which usually listens on port number 25. To solve this problem, you can for instance disable the MTA and specify the ‘local-mta’ keyword, or run MTA on port number different than GNU Anubis' port number (e.g. 1111). Please read your local MTA's documentation about this topic. For example:

BIND localhost:25
REMOTE-MTA localhost:1111

Caution: Make sure that your local machine doesn't accept any incoming mail (i.e. it is not a POP or IMAP server), otherwise you cannot disable your MTA or change its port number!

All Mutt users, who would like to set up GNU Anubis between their MUA and MTA, should consider using the ‘msg2smtp.pl’ Perl script from the ‘contrib’ directory (part of the distribution).

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