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I have server with postfix installed. It is configured so that when system sends mail to root, it is forwarded to It is configured in /etc/aliases like this:

postmaster: root

Now it stopped sending any emails to because my ISP blocked port 25. How to configure postfix to send this emails to port 587?

My system is ubuntu 9.10, if it matters.


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You need to create an entry in the Postfix transport table - has full details, and even an example that almost does what you want:

In the case of delivery via SMTP, one  may  specify  host-
       name:service instead of just a host:


       This directs mail for to host bar.example
       port 2025. Instead of a numerical port a symbolic name may
       be used. Specify [] around the hostname if MX lookups must
       be disabled.

You'll have to configure your to use the transport map as well - see the DATABASE_README linkd at the bottom of that page for more.

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Although, as Womble says, a better solution is to get a proper ISP, one that actually provides an Internet service, instead of just something closely resembling internet service. FWIW,… has an apparently complete (although I've not tested it) guide to setting up the neccessary authentication. – James Polley Dec 26 '09 at 22:59

In general, you can forward to a non-standard port on another mail server with a transport map (see transport(5) and the transport_maps option in postconf(5)). However, the submission port (587) isn't designed to be used without authentication, so you'll also want to look at the smtp_sasl_* options in postconf(5). However, that's a lot of hassle to go through when the best answer is to tell your ISP to remove the port 25 block on your connection. If they're too stupid or intransigent to permit that on a per-customer basis, find a new ISP.

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