G Suite/google cloud

I am attempting to configure Discourse which is running through google cloud to use SMTP through G Suite. I am editing the “discourse.conf” found in “/opt/bitnami/apps/discourse/htdocs/config” to contain the following information;

smtp_address = "smtp.gmail.com"
smtp_port = 587
smtp_domain = *****.org
smtp_user_name = '******@*****.org'
smtp_password = '********************'
smtp_enable_start_tls = true

When I use the above information the test email successfully goes through! But when I go to register, Discourse says it’s sending a confirmation email, but it never does.

I have also tried ports 465 and 2525 w/ the above information. I have also tried smtp_address = “smtp-relay.gmail.com

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Any help with this would be most appreciated.

We don’t know what weirdnesses Bitnami have done to their Discourse setup, so we can’t really provide much useful information. Have you tried the steps outlined in our official e-mail troubleshooting guide?

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@mpalmer There does seem to be some discrepancies between what I have and what that guide states. The biggest being that there is no “app.yml” the information I was trying to follow was found at Bitnami Discourse Stack for Google Cloud Platform
What I don’t understand is why the test email is successful, but the registration email is not.

Hence why Bitnami installs are unsupported, and strongly discouraged.

That’s what the e-mail troubleshooting guide is all about. While some of it won’t apply to a Bitnami install, most of it will.

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Well, I just switched from the generic Bitnami Discourse to an Ubuntu 16.04 server and ran the installer. It’s already working. Why is Bitnami packaging an opensource software and using a method that isn’t supported? I could be wrong, but they are probably profiting from it. The least they could do is do it the correct way.


Bitnami predates Docker.

You’d have to ask Bitnami why they do what they do. It’s a mystery to me, too.