Mercury / phpBB Authentication Problem

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Mercury / phpBB Authentication Problem

Postby puck » 27. February 2005 05:19

I am having a big problem getting phpBB to authenticate to Mercury. Every combination of usernames and passwords and server addresses I put in doesn't work. my username is forum and <password>
I always get the following error:

Ran into problems sending Mail. Response: 501 Authentication failed - bad user or password.


Line : 131
File : smtp.php

I can't even authenticate when I telnet into my server, so I know it is a mercury problem, I just don't know how to fix it.
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Postby taustin » 27. February 2005 07:48

Assuming you are trying to send email, and not receive it, check the following:

That Mercury is actually running (does telnet connect?)

That you are using MercuryS to send email (rather than the relay)

That it is set to require authentication (in the Configuration menu, under MercuryS, on the Connection Control tab, at the bottom, the "Only authenticated . . ." check box, and the one above it, should both be checked).

That the AUTH Password file name is present.

That the file exists - click on the Edit button.

That the file is in the correct format - each user/password combination is on a seperate line, user name first, then password, with a single space between them.

If that doesn't work, you may have a problem with the Mercury install. I have seen it reported that sometimes the install that comes with Xampp has some kind of file permission problem that prevents it from saving changes. It wouldn't hurt to download the install file (from - it's free), and reinstall from that, as a new installation.
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Postby puck » 28. February 2005 18:16

I had set the username and pass in the auth text file, but I hadn't restarted Mercury. It worked after I did. Thanks man
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