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    Question SendMail Error: Permission Denied :(

    Hi all,

    Distro: Pop! OS 19.10

    Complete error line:
    Code:
    sendmail: cannot log to /home/javierdl/msmtp.log: cannot open: Permission denied

    I am trying to send Gmail emails from Terminal.


    I started by following these instructions: "How to use Gmail from the Ubuntu Terminal to send Emails"


    Steps Summary:
    1. Installed msmtp-mta
    2. Configured the msmtprc file for Gmail by adding this lines:
    Code:
    #Gmail account
    defaults
    #change the location of the log file to any desired location.
    logfile ~/msmtp.log
    account gmail
    auth on
    host smtp.gmail.com
    from <yourmail@gmail.com>
    auth on
    tls on
    tls_trust_file /etc/ssl/certs/ca-certificates.crt
    user <yourmail@gmail.com>
    password <your-password>
    port 587
    #set gmail as your default mail server.
    account default : gmail

    3. Secured the msmtprc file with this:
    Code:
    chmod 600 .msmtprc
    4. Installed heirloom-mailx
    5. Configured the .mailrc file:
    Code:
    set sendmail="/usr/bin/msmtp"
    set message-sendmail-extra-arguments="-a gmail"

    I have also tried this alternative, from: How to Send Email from mailx Command in Linux Using Gmail's SMTP
    Code:
    set smtp-use-starttls
    set ssl-verify=ignore
    set smtp=smtp://smtp.gmail.com:587
    set smtp-auth=login
    set smtp-auth-user=sender@gmail.com
    set smtp-auth-password=$EMAIL_ACCOUNT_PASSWORD
    set from="sender@gmail.com(sender name)"

    Command lines I have tried, to send:
    1.
    Code:
     echo "Subject: hello" | sendmail recipientmail@gmail.com
    sendmail: cannot log to /home/javierdl/msmtp.log: cannot open: Permission denied
    sendmail: log info was: host=smtp.gmail.com tls=on auth=on user=sender@gmail.com from=sender@gmail.com recipients=recipientmail@gmail.com mailsize=82 smtpstatus=250 smtpmsg='250 2.0.0 OK  1582300328 c52sm1750529qtb.16 - gsmtp' exitcode=EX_OK
    2.
    Code:
    mail -s "test" "recipientmail@gmail.com"
    testing
    EOT
    send-mail: cannot log to /home/javierdl/msmtp.log: cannot open: Permission denied
    send-mail: log info was: host=smtp.gmail.com tls=on auth=on user=sender@gmail.com from=sender@gmail.com recipients=recipientmail@gmail.com mailsize=245 smtpstatus=250 smtpmsg='250 2.0.0 OK  1582300350 x28sm1637814qkx.104 - gsmtp' exitcode=EX_OK
    ^C

    Just in case I stopped apparmor to test it
    Code:
    sudo systemctl stop apparmor
    But still made no difference


    I also tried owning the msmtprc file (source):

    Code:
    sudo chown my_username ~/.msmtprc

    Additionally I created a msmtprc directory in /etc/ (as it did not exist) and owned it too:

    Code:
    sudo chown my_username /etc/msmtprc

    I rebooted the computer, and still no go

    Maybe Gmail is not treating the involved apps as secure applications. I went to my Gmail account to change the Less Secure Applications Access Settings. But when choosing the purpose of the password, I suppose I choose Mail, and for device Linux computer? I thought I had to be more specific than this. Like, providing the name of the actual app that will be needing the authorization, like msmtp-mta, or mailx. Source: search for "ssmtp: Authorization failed"
    Last edited by javierdl; February 21st, 2020 at 07:02 PM.

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    Re: SendMail Error: Permission Denied :(

    Thread moved to System76 Support.

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    Re: SendMail Error: Permission Denied :(

    Does the service run as a user other than root? What does "account gmail" mean? Is that the username that owns the msmtp process?

    If so, you should probably be writing logs in /home/gmail rather than some other home directory..
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    Re: SendMail Error: Permission Denied :(

    Code:
    sendmail: cannot log to /home/javierdl/gmail/msmtp.log: cannot open: Permission denied
    sendmail: log info was: host=smtp.gmail.com tls=on auth=on user=sender@gmail.com from=sender@gmail.com recipients=recipient@hotmail.com mailsize=82 smtpstatus=250 smtpmsg='250 2.0.0 OK  1582388185 i5sm3326029qtq.12 - gsmtp' exitcode=EX_OK
    Screenshot from 2020-02-22 11-22-51.png

    I also had myself for Group before, now I was trying adm, but still no go . (This text to the left was an hour ago, but I just tried "sudo" for Group too, and when setting up the command line to send, I did use sudo, but to no avail still).

    Maybe I should just omit that field in the script (?). After all, the messages are going through.
    Last edited by javierdl; February 22nd, 2020 at 06:30 PM.

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