yet another question.. . =)
i was wondering, i don't suppose that when one wishes to register for free mail, let's say yahoo, yahoo would create a new user space for you in the same way that you would add a new user in a linux system, right? i mean, if that were the case, there would be thousands and thousands of users on a system and ain't there a limit to it?
the reason i had to ask this is because a classmate of mine will be working on a project (actually a group project, and rest assured that this is not my project) and they are doing something like a free mail service much like those already out there. now each stude in our local Univ is given a linux account, where all projects, quizzes, etc are stored/uploaded for the teacher to check. that's where they should place this proj.
now they could create/add users and store these in a database for referencing, but how the hell are they gonna pull off a replyable address? like, i have an account in my school's server, anyone could mail me thru username@hostname. but with their proj and somebody registers for the free mail, they can't give out a user@hostname, coz that user doesn't exist.
is there some sort of a trick to doing this? i'm just asking if possible or not, k guys, not a solution.