It took me a while to figure this out, so I'm hoping it might save somebody else the trouble of scouring the web for the relevant info. You can send emails from the Terminal in Mac OS X with the following commands:
mail firstname.lastname@example.org <enter> Subject: Hi there! <enter> This is the body of the email. This is another line in the email body. <ctrl + d>
Note: <enter> means hit the enter key, and <ctrl + d> means type 'd' while holding the control key.
I went for the latter option - I just wanted to get this up and running using my gmail account with the minimum of fuss. Unfortunately, it didn't work right off the bat - having configured the gmail smtp server along with my username and password, I was seeing frustrating "Timed out" errors in the logs and my test mails weren't getting sent. Turns out some ISPs block port 25 - so I needed to specify port 587 in the hostname. Then I was getting some even more meaningless errors along the lines of "Must issue a STARTTLS command first". I mean what is that? Thankfully, google to the rescue again - this great blog had all the answers.
1. Launch the Server Admin utility, located in Applications/Server
2. In the Settings tab, fill in the settings as per the screenshot below. The Domain name and Host name are ignored, so just fill in anything. The key settings are highlighted in red:
Note: the gmail account you specify in the "Authenticate to relay with user name:" box will be used as the From Address for all emails you send from the command line.
3. Add the following lines to /etc/postfix/main.cf (don't ask me why):
smtp_tls_security_level = may smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
That's it - you can now send mails from a Terminal window!
Update: Mountain Lion
30 Aug 2012
/Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/main.cfto get it working again:
# Change this line: #smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl/passwd # To this: smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/sasl/passwd
Hope it helps someone!
Update: Mountain Lion #2
23 Oct 2012
sudo vi /Library/Server/Mail/Config/postfix/main.cf
I changed this line:
# By default is 'no' so change to 'yes' smtpd_use_tls = yes
And added the following two lines at the end:
# By default not included in the config, so add these lines smtp_tls_security_level = may smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
After that, I stopped and started Mail using the Server application, and command-line email now worked correctly.