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Old 07-10-2004, 02:41 PM   #1
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central home mail server (fetching pop3 / delivering via IMAP) with linux ?

I have some PC's standing around here at home, but at this time i just have configured one of them to fetch all my mail from the providers POP3-Servers. Now I want to have all my mail saved at a central point in my home network, so that I can access my mail from every pc via IMAP4.
I first tried to realize this under Micro$oft Windows with the Mercury/32 mail transport system. First, it seemed to work well. It fetched the mail from all my POP3 accounts and then delivered it to a local mailbox, which was accessible via IMAP. But then, a day later, i wasn't able anymore to access the IMAP server, I got all kinds of error messages. Now, I deleted all that Micro$oft crap on my server, and want to set up a server with the same functionality as I had under Win/Mercury, but with linux. I have a Mandrake 9.2 Distro lying around here, which I'm planning to use for this.
Has anyone a tutorial on doing this, or can assist me via this forum?


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Old 08-31-2004, 10:34 AM   #2
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I've done this and works great.

You should install Mandrake 9.2 with these software (included in the 3CD distro):

1- Postfix as mail transport agent (will do local delivery to IMAP mailboxes, SMTP to send mails, etc)
(take a look at, nice docs there!)

2- fetchmail (which makes retrieval from POP3 servers) (man fetchmail in a console will tell you how to set it up)

3- IMAP server (included in the distro, though it has little docs, it worked for me).

4- optionally can install Webmin (a web page on your own server that allows you to configure almost everything)

Once you have all of it, you must set up at least some parameters for Postfix to accept mail for your accounts, like Mydomain, etc. (Webmin provides good online help)
Then you could make a fetchmail.rc file in order to make automatic fetching of mails from different POP servers without typing the command every time (automatization means scheduled execution via cron daemon of the command "fetchmail -f fetchmail.rc", take a look at cron and fetchmail man pages)
Imap server does not seem to need any configuration after installed.

Hope this helps you, have fun!

Old 09-03-2004, 09:57 AM   #3
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Will try out as soon as I got the new cooler for my future mail server


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