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How do I configure my rs6000 to send and recieve mail.
What do I need to make sure is running and what files need to be edited before mail can be sent and recieved
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you need to adjust /etc/sendmail.cf
then enable SMTP in smitty.
Keep in mind that you usually need a working DNS (named).
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Here's how to "send" mail - not sure how to receive.  This requires you to already have a mail server and know its IP address.

At my work, we editted the /etc/sendmail.cf file (as ahoffmann says), and changed the line which says:
  DRRelayHostName
to read:
  DR123.45.67.890    (or whatever the IP address of your mail server? is).

Do a:
  ps -ef | grep sendmail | grep -v grep
to ensure /usr/lib/sendmail is running.  Our system currently displays output from this command as:
root   8482   7932   0   Jan 01      -  0:03 /usr/lib/sendmail -bd -q30m

OK?
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you need to kill and restart sendmail after changing sendmail.cf
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Ahoffmann is right (again) - you need to restart sendmail.  One option is to reboot, but it's much easier just to issue the command:
  refresh -f sendmail
Those are the only 2 things I had to do to enable "sending" Email on AIX 3.2.4, 3.2.5 and 4.1.5 at my work (ie: edit sendmail.cf & refresh).  I believe receiving mail will require changes on your mail server or DNS or something.  Maybe ahoffmann can supply DETAILS?
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