[MlMt] Can't get SMTP account functioning

Charlie Garrison charlie-lists at garrison.com.au
Mon Aug 30 20:22:23 EDT 2021

Others here may have more finessed suggestions; the sledgehammer 
approach is to delete the keychain item for that account from Keychain 
Access and start again. And yes, MailMate uses the secure keychain 
storage for saving and retrieving passwords. The alternative is to enter 
the password manually for each connection.


On 31 Aug 2021, at 8:28, diggle at contrawise.net wrote:

> @ Charlie Garrison, re the Activity Monitor:
> I selected the SMTP account in the monitor, and it appeared empty -
> despite many attempts to to send mail.
> I have a hunch about the problem's cause. It has to do with the
> Keychain. Does Apple's Keychain handle the login, or at least the
> password used at login? I may have screwed something up by denying a
> link between the keychain and MM. If so, perhaps no login activity can
> even begin to take place. Without an understanding of MM's login
> routine, I can only guess. The appearance, as I see it, is that the
> password credential information resides in the MM SMTP config, so the
> routine would get it from its place in the app, and log in with it. If
> the keychain is the actual source of the password - or if MM needs
> Keychain's blessing to use the password, I may have broken something. 
> I
> have a vague memory of denying a link to the Keychain during
> configuration set-up. [I am somewhat suspicious of the Keychain, 
> because
> it has interfered with my password manager in the past.] I think I
> understood the link to the keychain as 'optional'. I don't have a 
> clear
> recollection, unfortunately. I can't be sure that happened while I set
> up the SMTP Login config. It might've. Sorry I can't be more specific.
> RD
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     Charlie Garrison                   <charlie at garrison.com.au>
     Garrison Computer Services      <http://www.garrison.com.au>
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