[thelist] Ruby on Rails, ssh, ActionMailer smtp quandries

April april at farstrider.org
Mon Apr 10 18:59:07 CDT 2006

I'm working on a Ruby app (very beginner), and would like to use 
ActionMailer (because salted hash login generators relies on it).  Now a 
whole slew of problems are popping up, and ruining my so-far great rails 

1.  On my development box, I would really like to avoid setting up 
sendmail.  ActionMailer can use smtp, but not with SSL or with TLS 
authentification.  I also can't figure out how to fake out smtp servers 
that require you to login to pop before using them.  This has ruled out 
gmail, my ISP mail account, and my web hosting companies mail account. 
Does anyone know of a free or extremely low cost place I can get an smtp 
account that will work with ActionMailer?

2.  I tried moving things to production (a third part hosted shared 
server) to at least assure myself that if I wrote the app without mail 
working, I could be bad and test it on production.  The hosting company 
does not allow SSH access, though, and I can't even figure out how to 
set up a sym link so I can run Rails on that domain.  They claim to 
offer ruby on rails, but the lack of SSH seems like a major hurdle to 
that, which leads to two questions:
2a.  Does anyone know how to set up a symlink without ssh so rails will 
cope?  Or is there a certain way I can upload things to erase the need 
for a symlink?
2b.  Will the lack of ssh continue to plague me in the future, to the 
point where I should go purchase a better hosting account?  I hate to 
split up my domains between different hosts, but not being able to 
follow any of the tutorials I've found to get me started is also 

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer,

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