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Sending Gmail through Rebol

From: sabufrancis::rediffmail::com at: 13-Sep-2008 23:47

Hi I thought I should share this with this list. I believe that this may help some. I had spent almost two days searching for an answer and finally I got it: Yes, you can send emails from Rebol to a gmail SMTP server. This is how you do it: Install stunnel from Then make a configuration file; say smtpconfig.txt as given below ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; ; SMTP configuration for Gmail output = SMTPgmail.log taskbar = yes cert = stunnel.pem client = yes [smtps] protocol = smtp accept = <> connect = <> ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; The "accept" parameter should be the local IP address of your computer. The port 8025 should be free. If it is not, use some other free port. The gmail SMTP address and the port (the "connect" parameter) should be as per the latest Google documentation for it. (They had changed it a year or so back, so don't expect that 587 also will remain constant) Now start stunnel thus:
> stunnel smtpconfig.txt
Now in Rebol give your net settings thus:
>> system/schemes/esmtp/host: "" >> system/schemes/esmtp/port-id: 8025 >> system/schemes/esmtp/user: "" >> system/schemes/esmtp/pass: "mypasswd"
Obviously, "" and "mypasswd" will be as per your context. Now you can happily send emails using the regular Rebol "send" function. I suspect a similar strategy will be useful for other SMTP servers on which Rebol usually fails (because of incomplete/non-support of TLS, SSL) I tested this even for Google for Applications (i.e. for domains hosted on Google gmail service) and it worked. I have tested it only on the Windows platform but I think it should work similarly if not exactly the same on Linux too. (stunnel is available for Linux also) In the above configuration file; I used it only for gmail SMTP. I guess I it should also work for gmail POP. You would require to add the following (not tested) and pick up mails from 192.1682.2.25:8110 (or whatever you had configured for "accept" parameter) ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; [spop3] accept = connect = ;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;;; One last thing; as per info gleaned from there are some precautions in the stunnel configuration file: a) you shouldn't add "protocl = smtp" for SMTP/SSL but you need to add it if the protocol is SMTP/TLS (Which is where I was stuck for hours before I got the solution). b) Also for POP/TLS you should add "protocol = pop3" and if it is just POP/SSL then you should remove it. phew! Cheers Regards Sabu Francis