Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sending emails from my VPS

More research about #916. Yesterday I had submitted my problem to OVH support. They did not yet answer my question. I don’t know whether they offer an SMTP server which I can use as relay.

Here is another thing I tried: I used a Google account and Google’s SMTP server, as explained e.g. in How to send email via Django?. My settings:


Now my script gets a new error message:

smtplib.SMTPAuthenticationError: (534, '5.7.14 < ...> Please log in via your web browser and\n5.7.14 then try again.\n5.7.14  Learn more at\n5.7.14 o4sm21416424wjx.45 - gsmtp')

The indicated Google Help page (Can’t sign in to my email app) explained that “To help keep Google Apps users’ accounts secure, we may block less secure apps from accessing Google Apps accounts.” and that “Your app might not support the latest security standards.” In a first step they explain me that my app is not “secure”, and that I should “upgrade” my app to a “more secure” app like Gmail. Tss, tss… But finally: It suggests, if I really insist, to “Try changing a few settings to allow less secure apps access to your account.”

So I did that. It was probably necessary, but it wasn’t enough. There was another thing to do:

Where it said:

Bei der Anmeldung in einem neuen Gerät oder in einer neuen Anwendung fordert Google Sie unter Umständen als Sicherheitsmaßnahme auf, diesen zusätzlichen Schritt durchzuführen.

Klicken Sie unten auf “Weiter”, um Zugriff zu gewähren.

And after clicking “Weiter”, it finally said:

Kontozugriff aktiviert

Melden Sie sich von Ihrem neuen Gerät oder Ihrer neuen Anwendung aus erneut in Ihrem Google-Konto an.

After this, my script passed, and the test mail arrived to my inbox.

Documentation changes

While thinking about how to prepare a talk for FOSDEM, I started to realize that the docs tree of the Lino repository is not the right place for writing an overview about Lino. A complete overview must also talk about The Lino Extensions Library, Lino Welfare, Lino Così, Lino Voga etc. It is somehow nonsense to try to explain Lino without talking about these.

But I want to avoid circular references in my doctrees. Yes, circular intersphinx references are feasable with Sphinx, but it requires some hacking, and actually I prefer to open another GitHub project called book, technically similar to my blog (i.e. just a doctree with intersphinx links to all these projects). And big parts of what is currently in Lino’s docs directory will move into this “Lino Book”. The advantage will be that I can refer to these other projects. Actually there will also a lino_book package containing tutorial projects.

And the list of persons and organizations who helped me to write Lino by contributing ideas, this list should rather be part of my blog. I moved it to My friends.

Write invoices for courses in draft state?

The latest Lino Voga version generates invoices also for courses which are in draft state. This was just an idea of mine. Alexa asked me to undo this “feature”. Invoices should come only for enrolments to courses which are in an “invoiceable” state, as before.