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  1. #1

    E-Mail Server .. Feedback on a Idea I have

    My work blocks such E-Mail access like sbc, yahoo, etc.. but I can get to like a exchange server and look at there mail. So I assume its only blocking certain ports.

    What I would like to do is somehow set up a email server to dl my email from my sbc account and have it sent to a mail server similiar to exchange so I can access it from work.

    Not sure where to begin or if this is at all feesable.

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    Or you can set up a squid proxy server and use that to go to any webmail (or website, for that matter) that you choose. Your idea may work, but I have no real experience with email servers.


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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    Nottingham, England
    Sounds like what you want is:

    - Your own email/server box sat at home on your ADSL line, using fetchmail to read mail from your sbc and dumping into local mailboxes.
    - Dovecot or similar IMAP package to give you access to your email on that machine.
    - Maybe consider Squirrelmail too, to privide a web-based access to your email accounts on that machine.
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    DO you have any documentation or tutorials on squirrel mail. Because I am trying to set it up on my machine but i am not sure if my have IMAP running or if i set up squirrel correctly. Thanks

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    Super Moderator Roxoff's Avatar
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    One step at a time, do it this way:

    - Set up your mail server for local mailbox deliver, then
    - put your IMAP server on, check its operation with a client such as evolution or thunderbird, then
    - get squirrelmail to work, knowing that the underlying system is fully functional.

    I set squirrelmail up reasonably quickly using the docs of their own website. You'll probably want to run the ssl module if you're opening your webmail out over the internet.
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  7. #6
    I went with qmail for the mail server and having a few problems setting it up.

    Heres some relevant files:

    cat /etc/hosts localhost GenGate.GenNet GenGate

    hostname --fqdn


    cat /var/qmail/control/me

    cat /var/qmail/control/defaultdomain

    cat /var/qmail/control/plusdomain

    cat /var/qmail/control/locals

    cat /var/qmail/control/rcpthosts

    I can ping both GenGate and GenGate.GenNet just fine (locally).

    There errors Im getting back at first was
    Sorry, I couldn't find any host named GenGate.GenGate.

    So I added GenNet as my domain figureing it must need a domain and not seeing one it just doubled up on my hostname. After fixing all the above files ith .GenGate I tried a few more test e-mails and now get this message:

    Return-Path: #@[]
    Delivered-To: zero@GenGate
    From: MAILER-DAEMON@GenGate
    To: postmaster@GenGate
    Subject: failure notice

    Hi. This is the qmail-send program at GenGate.
    I tried to deliver a bounce message to this address, but the bounce bounced!

    Sorry, I couldn't find any host named GenGate.GenNet.

    These messages were sent as e-mails back to zero, which is who sent the test emails by:
    qmail-inject root << EOF
    test root e-mail!

    Did one to root,postmaster,zero .. got all 3 back saying the same. User zero is listed as the qmail-postmaster qmail-root qmail-daemon.

  8. #7
    Looking over my post and this just kinda hit me.. If I getting the mail failure notices as e-mails.. wouldnt that mean the mail server is working fine??

    Is this what I should be receiving back?

  9. #8
    Well.. turns out that little problem was actually my dns server.. forgot to restart it. Restarted the mail server as well and that cleared up all remaining errors.

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