Sometimes, you just need to redirect a port on Linux. The solution I could find is to add an entry into xinetd. Here is a sample /etc/xinetd.d file I have, it just redirects the 587 (tcp) port to the 993 port of gmail’s servers. I have to do this because Virgin Mobile France blocks the 993 tcp port.

If you’re in the same situation, you can use my server to access you gmail IMAP access. You just have to set the server name to “” and the port to “587”.

service submission
        disable = no
        flags = REUSE
        port = 587
        socket_type = stream
        protocol = tcp
        user = root
        redirect = 993
        #server = /usr/bin/nc
        #serer_args = 993
        wait = no