Sendmail/Exim Error Mailing to Remote Domains Not Supported

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If your having problems sending email using sendmail (actually Exim) on Debian based systems, in my case Ubuntu, then the first port of all call is to check the files in /var/mail for any error messages.

In my instance I was getting Mailing to remote domains not supported.

This is because Exim is by default configured to only send mail locally. You need to allow Exim to send email to other servers. However do not allow Exim to relay email as this will allow spammers to use your server to send email.

The easiest way to configure Exim is to use “dpkg-reconfigure”. This will guide you through the configuration in a Q&A style.

sudo dpkg-reconfigure exim4-config

Answer “internet site; mail is sent and received directly using SMTP” to the first question and then choose a minimal configuration for the rest.

The questions are fairly self-explanatory, here is a list.

Remember not to allow relaying of email.

It would also be wise to backup /etc/exim first so you can always restore your current settings, or better yet setup version control using Git.