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Hostname setting and Exchange server problems System
After installing Jaguar, I found that the new Mail.app wasn't sending my mail; it was having a hard time finding my ISP's SMTP server. The problem, and a solution, were provided graciously by Mr. Rich Stultz, who got the following fix from Apple directly. The problem is in the /etc/hostconfig file. There is one line, just one line, that needs to be changed. It currently may look like:
HOSTNAME=-AUTOMATIC-
and should look like:
HOSTNAME=-localhost-
Edit this file as root (creating ahem! a backup copy before doing so) and make the change. Don't know how? Read the rest of the article for Mr. Stultz's brief instructions.

The following fix uses the pico text editor; if you have another favorite Unix text editor, like vi or emacs, alter the steps accordingly:
  • Open the terminal

  • Type
     sudo -s 
  • Enter your password (you are an administrator, no?)

  • Type
    pico /etc/hostconfig
  • Spot the offender a few lines down, change it as directed above

  • Press Ctrl-X to exit, then y to save

  • Hit return to confirm the file name

  • Restart, and start sending mail!
[Editor's note: This is the same fix presented by 'sunsworth' in the comments to this hint regarding issues with Mail and Exchange servers. I felt that it was worth mentioning on its own as a Mac-side fix for the problem (the other hint requires a setting change on the Exchange server).]
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Rendevouz breaks?
Authored by: cyclonus on Sep 11, '02 11:55:35AM

This hint works for me, but unfortunately rendvouz (iChat) breaks...



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Rendevouz breaks?
Authored by: chris24net on Sep 13, '02 12:52:13AM

It doesn't fix my SMTP problem but it still manages to break iChat. Every time I try to send mail it says the SMTP server rejected my password. It worked under mail in 10.1.2, so something in 10.2 is doing it but unfortunately this fix didn't correct it.



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