Category Archives: Administrative

Email Issue

I’m trying to send myself email from my own Linux machine, via SMPT. I’ve written the following Python program:

#!/usr/bin/env python3

# Import smtplib for the actual sending function
import smtplib

# Import the email modules we’ll need
from email.mime.text import MIMEText

# Open a plain text file for reading. For this example, assume that
# the text file contains only ASCII characters.
with open(“test.txt”) as fp:
# Create a text/plain message
msg = MIMEText(

# me == the sender’s email address
# you == the recipient’s email address
msg[‘Subject’] = “Test”
msg[‘From’] = “”
msg[‘To’] = “”

# Send the message via our own SMTP server.
s = smtplib.SMTP(‘localhost’)
print(“s has been opened”)
print(“after send_message”)
print(“End script”)

It runs with no errors, prints the statements to the terminal, but no email appears. How do I diagnose this?

[Update a while later]

Thanks for the help in comments. Still haven’t solved it, but the need for the application that I needed it for has gone away. Nonetheless, it would be good in general to know how to email from a Python script.

Light Posting

…may continue until Monday night. We’re in Stinson Beach for the weekend for a mini-vacation.

[Sunday-evening update]

We have no television here, other than a big screen with a DVD player, but I’m not sure I’d watch the president’s latest attack on the American people even if I did.

Back In LA

I was scheduled to come home this evening, but I had no other business in Seattle, and it turned out that Alaska lets you change flights same day for only $25, so I actually caught a 6 AM flight.

The bad news is that Fedora doesn’t seem to want to boot into the 4.2.5 kernel, in either Fedora 22 or Fedora 23 (I hoped upgrading to the latter would fix). It just bombs out and loops in a continual effort to boot. I had to revert to 4.1 to boot it. Not sure how to diagnose. I’ve seen hints that others are having similar problems in the Fedora fora, but no indication of what to do about it.