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    Quick question about setting up an e-mail server with linux on a home network. Besides interneal e-mail, can the server be configured to receive external e-mail, from Hotmail and Yahoo?

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    what do you mean "receive" mail from hotmail and yahoo? do you mean access it remotely via their pop3 servers? or what?

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    If you have POP3/IMAP support on those Hotmail and Yahoo, you can set up fetchmail to get it.

    If you only have Webmail access to them, it's a lot harder. There are, however, some Perl hacks to fetch webmail mails. Check out gotmail, for example.

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    what i mean is:

    if i send an email from hotmail to an e-mail account set up on a linux e-mail server, will they be able to get it?

    thanks.

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    sure
    if you have your pop3 server set up correctly, you should be able to get mail sent from anywhere

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    You need to know what address to use when sending from an external source, though. Have you set up a domain name or anything?

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    You don't NEED a domain name. The IP works too. It's just then the IP becomes part of the address and it's a little hard to tell people.

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    Well, that actually depends. Not all MTAs support sending mail to an IP address, that's the thing. Some of them require that it is a valid domain name with a MX record.

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    Oh, really? Didn't know. Most ISP do provide you with some sort of crazy thing you can use though. Not like anyone could remember it mind you.

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