smtplib problem with newly rebuilt Debian/lenny system

Aahz aahz at
Fri Mar 27 19:29:11 CET 2009

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In article <d37a66e9-55c2-437c-b613-009a62f71eb7 at>,
cassiope  <fpm at> wrote:
>In attempting to diagnose the cause, I tried directly executing the
>lines inside the python2.5 interpreter:
>        import  smtplib
>        s= smtplib.SMTP('localhost')
>but the second line causes  a traceback:
>        File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
>        File "/usr/lib/python2.5/", line 244, in __init__
>            (code, msg) = self.connect(host, port)
>        File "/usr/lib/python2.5/", line 310, in connect
>            raise socket.error, msg
>        socket.error: (97, 'Address family not supported by protocol')
>This is with exim4 and python2.5 on a newly installed lenny system.
>No error messages appear in /var/log or /var/log/exim4 directories.

What happens if you 
telnet localhost 25

This looks like a network setup issue.
Aahz (aahz at           <*>

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