I tried to install ssmtp but it fails. I updated and upgraded everything before trying this command but it displays this error message.

pi@raspberrypi:/etc $ sudo apt-get install ssmtp
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
E: Unable to locate package ssmtp

Can this be fixed? If not, other alternatives to ssmtp? I am trying to run a python program and email the results to me. Alternatives are welcome.

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    Are you able to install other packages normally, @Winston? Could you also edit to include /etc/apt/sources.list (particularly if you aren't able to find other packages - as this would indicate you're not able to fetch from the repos correctly). And which version of Raspbian is this? – Aurora0001 Apr 6 '18 at 16:59
  • I am on a pre-installed version of raspian - Linux raspberrypi 4.9.80-v7+ #1098 SMP Fri Mar 9 19:11:42 GMT 2018 armv7l GNU/Linux – Winston Brown Apr 6 '18 at 18:18
  • I have installed many packages using this method. I have been doing various projects off of the Raspberry Pi site and that involves adding packages to complete the projects. – Winston Brown Apr 6 '18 at 18:19
  • Did you get chance to check your /etc/apt/sources.list? It would seem likely that you aren't using the same repo that Fabian linked to (or apt-get update didn't work right) – Aurora0001 Apr 6 '18 at 20:06

I can confirm that there is no packet ssmtp in the repository of raspbian 2018-03-13. You may consider to download it from the link @Fabian has given in his comment and then install it manually with:

rpi3 ~$ sudo dpkg --install ssmtp_2.64-8_armhf.deb

But before doing it read http://packages.qa.debian.org/s/ssmtp.html. Seems there is a reason it isn't in the repository because it's a little bit out dated with errors and warnings reported.

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  • I saw it was placed in unstable on the Debian package site. I guess now I will look for an alternative. – Winston Brown Apr 6 '18 at 20:19
  • Ingo do you mean the repository on raspberrypi.org or raspbian.org (regarding the difference: raspberrypi.stackexchange.com/questions/82118/… )? – Fabian Apr 8 '18 at 13:35
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    @Fabian I mean from the Raspbian 2018-03-13 image the default entries in /etc/apt/sources.list: deb http://mirrordirector.raspbian.org/raspbian/ stretch main contrib non-free rpi and in /etc/apt/sources.list.d/raspi.list: deb http://archive.raspberrypi.org/debian/ stretch main ui – Ingo Apr 8 '18 at 18:30
  • @WinstonBrown "will look for an alternative" try exim4 – Fabian Apr 9 '18 at 15:45

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