Help I am so lost.

First off, why don't you guys have images like those on Amazon EC2 where they have different stuff bundled together so we don't hvae to repeat what was already done.. example. ubuntu + AMP + ssh + CPanel'ish type of GUI panel. That would make life so easy for us.

my question.. i managed to set up postfix so that i can receive. But I cannot send… my error was:
> The rejected e-mail address was ''. Subject 'haha', Account: '', Server: '', Protocol: SMTP, Server Response: '554 5.7.1 <>: Relay access denied', Port: 26, Secure(SSL): No, Server Error: 554, Error Number: 0x800CCC79

From from IRC was recommending that I add SMTP AUTH.. so i followed the steps from this… TO be honest, i don't need SSL, just want SMTP auth when sending email from my outlook. That's all.

Now my error is like this:

> Feb 24 14:58:37 pawshpal postfix/smtpd[22501]: warning: SASL authentication failure: cannot connect to saslauthd server: No such file or directory

Feb 24 14:58:37 pawshpal postfix/smtpd[22501]: warning:[]: SASL LOGIN authentication failed: generic failure

Feb 24 14:58:37 pawshpal postfix/smtpd[22501]: lost connection after AUTH from[]

Help. I am so lost.

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Linode =/= Amazon EC2……….

Don't know exactly what you're trying to do with your mail server, but maybe you need to follow a better tutorial. The one you linked to is too complicated and also outdated. Here's something you can just copy and paste into your ssh screen. … ubuntu8.04">

SMTP authentication has nothing to do with SSL: they are completely totally unrelated. SMTP authentication just tells the mail server that you are X user and trusts your assertion when you provide it the correct user/pass. SSL encrypts the communication between your computer and the mail server - but does not authenticate you.

(I'm very sorry, I actually don't know what you're problem is or how to fix it… I just wanted to provide that tidbit because I think it's important to know the difference.)


Help. I am so lost.

Yeah I know exactly what you mean. The best thing I did for my Linode box was to install virtualmin - it does all that grunt work for you and you can just configure what you like through a browser interface.

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ISPConfig ( is even easier. A bit tricky to set up in the first place, but once you follow the copy-and-paste tutorial to get it up and running, everything works right out of the box. (But don't use version 3.x yet)


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