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Email open relay

Email open relay

Email open relay

(OP)
I've got a couple of scripts that send email. When the recipient tries to reply to them he is getting an open relay error. What does this mean? How do I get around the problem?

RE: Email open relay

two questions:

1) can the recipient usually send email?

2) How are you sending it? Net::SMTP? It might well be the return address you're specifying that's causingthe problem..

Mike
michael.j.lacey@ntlworld.com
Cargill's Corporate Web Site
Making mistakes, so you don't have to. <grin>

RE: Email open relay

(OP)
I've just found out the problem.

My customer has an email address at his hosting company called user@domain.com. Email comes from the site addressed to him. This isn't his email address - his real address is real@otherdomain.com. But when he replies, he wants to send it as user@domain.com so as not to confuse his customer.

When he sends the mail he gets the open relay error because he's not using the real email address. This is a valid security message from his hosting company (his checking stops spammers). What he needs to do is check for incoming email before he sends any - this way his hosting company has his IP address and knows that it is valid (because he's used a username and password).

He's now set his email program (Eudora) to automaticall check for mail before sending so all is now well.

This is not a perl problem so sorry for cluttering up this forum with it.

Later.

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