Commit 8233e79a authored by Chong Yidong's avatar Chong Yidong

Expand discussion of mail setup.

* sending.texi (Sending Mail): Note variables that may need customizing.
(Mail Sending): Expand discussion of send-mail-function.
parent 03ffe8be
2010-03-28 Chong Yidong <cyd@stupidchicken.com>
* sending.texi (Sending Mail): Note variables that may need
customizing.
(Mail Sending): Expand discussion of send-mail-function.
2010-03-28 Chong Yidong <cyd@stupidchicken.com>
Document Message mode as the default mail mode.
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......@@ -56,6 +56,12 @@ current mail buffer (@pxref{Misc Buffer}). Then you can use @kbd{C-x
m} to make a new mail buffer, and work with each mail buffer
independently.
Before using Emacs to send mail, you may need to customize the
variable @code{send-mail-function} if your system is not set up to
deliver mail directly via SMTP (@pxref{Mail Sending}). In addition,
you may need to customize @code{user-mail-address} if the system
cannot receive mail via SMTP (@pxref{Mail Headers}).
@menu
* Format: Mail Format. Format of a mail message.
* Headers: Mail Headers. Details of some standard mail header fields.
......@@ -404,17 +410,33 @@ showing a list of possible coding systems.
@cindex Mailclient
@vindex send-mail-function
The variable @code{send-mail-function} controls how the default mail
user agent sends mail. It should be set to a function. In most
cases, the default is @code{sendmail-send-it}, which delivers mail
using @command{sendmail} (or a @command{sendmail}-compatible program).
On Mac OS X and MS-Windows, however, the default is normally
@code{mailclient-send-it}, which passes the mail buffer on to the
system's designated mail client (see @file{mailclient.el}). To send
mail through an SMTP server, set @code{send-mail-function} to
@code{smtpmail-send-it} and set up the Emacs SMTP library
(@pxref{Top,,Emacs SMTP Library, smtpmail, Sending mail via SMTP}).
Another option is @code{feedmail-send-it} (see the commentary section
of the @file{feedmail.el} package).
user agent sends mail. Its value should be a function, which can be
one of the following:
@table @code
@item sendmail-send-it
Send mail using the system's default @command{sendmail} (or
@command{sendmail}-compatible) program. This is the default on Unix
and GNU, and works provided the system is a valid @dfn{mail host}
(that is, provided it can deliver mail via SMTP).
@item mailclient-send-it
Pass the mail buffer on to the system's designated mail client (see
@file{mailclient.el}). This is the default on Mac OS X and
MS-Windows.
@item smtpmail-send-it
Send mail through an external mail host (e.g., your Internet service
provider's SMTP server). You will need to tell Emacs how to contact
the SMTP server, by customizing the variables
@code{smtpmail-smtp-server} and @code{smtpmail-auth-credentials}.
@xref{Top,,Emacs SMTP Library, smtpmail, Sending mail via SMTP}.
@item feedmail-send-it
This is similar to @code{sendmail-send-it}, but allows you to queue
messages for later sending. See the commentary section in the file
@file{feedmail.el} for more information.
@end table
@node Header Editing
@subsection Mail Header Editing
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