[SOLVED] Looking for ideas to store & share mail between many frontends
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Looking for ideas to store & share mail between many frontends
I have a little question regarding mail daemons and stuff like that.
Some background: I've always preferred the Unix way to do the things. However, for some reason that I don't even know, I have always used graphical mail agents to handle/receive/send my mails (I really can't stand webmail interfaces).
The problem that I have is that each time that I have to migrate to any other program or any other version there are always problems. So, I want to find a centralized solution that will download the mail, store it in a given format (I also look for advises on this), parse it, filter it and distribute it in folders in the mail box and all that stuff. UTF-8 support is needed. I don't know if that's a problem or not.
The idea is to be able to read it from any interface (mutt, kmail, sylpheed) using these as readers only while the mail daemons do the work. This will hopefully allow me to use whatever frontend is better at a given time without screwing up my mail folders and other funny stuff.
I am not asking for concrete instructions (I'll do that when it's time if I need them). I am good at researching myself and I can probably find a way to get something working. Instead, I ask for ideas. I want to know what combos do you, people, use to manage your mail. There's a lot of stuff to choose from to fetch mail, to filter it, and to do many cool things with it before you can read it on mutt or sylpheed.
Please, if you use ((sylpheed || thunderbird || kmail ) || a similar thing) to do everything, don't answer on this thread, because that's not what I am looking for. I am looking more for combos like fetchmail + procmail + something else, or similar things. Leave me a note saying what do you use and why. I accept the usage of any of these MTA's that I named above, but only as frontends.
I also want to know what format do you use for your mailboxes and why. I am particularly interested in knowing if someone around is using some kind of database backend, and how does it interact with regular MTA's like mutt or sylpheed.
Thanks for reading and sharing your ideas, and regards.
Last edited by i92guboj; 11-26-2008 at 07:51 PM.
Reason: Added bit about database backends
I have contemplated mutt as a frontend to read my mail. However my question was about doing something more elaborated.
I have been reading one more day, googling and seeing what other people do. I think that I could use this:
Fetchmail, to get my mail from an external imap4/pop3 server from my provider.
Procmail, to filter it and put each thing into a given folder.
Exim/Postfix/Sendmail to send mails.
Dovecot as my imap server, which will serve all my mail so I can see it from anywhere. I will probably install squirrelmail or something like that in top of it if possible.
I am really confused about much of the options. I think that I can live with dovecot, it's almost working for the most part. However I have really zero idea about what should I be using for the other three things. Any comments are welcome. I am doing lots of reading but this is something I never looked into, and while having so much options is something I like, it's a bit overwhelming for me on this matter.
Thanks tredegar, I will read that thread. On a first sight they talk about the same thing that I want to do: setting up an IMAP server to centralize all my mail and access it from everywhere. Maybe I can get some ideas from there. I will read it.
The imap server is the easy bit. Dovecot will generally work out of the box with no modifications to its config. Can't get easier than that! Needs a bit of work if you put mail somewhere out of the ordinary.
On the procmail front, I've never used it - I use maildrop. I hear maildrop is easier and less problematic. Not from persnal experience though.
What's wrong with fetchmail? It's simple and it works. Don't know an alternative I'm afraid.
As an user tool I have nothing against it. However I would like something that can operate in a more daemonish fashion. I started to dig a bit because when I run it as root I receive a warning. The investigations took me to this:
Yes. I know that it can run in daemon mode. I was just wondering if there are alternatives. As I said, when I daemonize it at startup is gifts me with a warning, telling me that running it as root is not a good idea.