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Old 09-27-2006, 08:44 PM   #1
Dan8080
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sendmail on CentOS 4.4 - where do I see the mail SENT to the server?


Hi,

Sorry if this sounds like a n00bish question, but I'm wondering with sendmail for SMTP server... where does the incoming mail get stored? Problem is I signed up at some forum when I had a windows box with PostCast server (which would allow me to read incoming mail to my SMTP server) and now that I've got Linux and need to use pass recovery on that email (something like webmaster@mydomain.com), I can't figure out where it's being sent to!

If anyone can help it would be greatly appreciated. If this isn't possible I have another idea, but it'd be nice to know where this is. Thanks.
 
Old 09-27-2006, 09:01 PM   #2
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incoming smtp email

default /var/mail
 
Old 09-27-2006, 09:21 PM   #3
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I don't see any incoming mail in there.

I see all of the outgoing mails that have been sent, but not the incoming.
 
Old 09-28-2006, 12:30 AM   #4
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Hi Dan,

On a stock install, you should not see any emails that have been "sent" in /var/mail/. Incoming mail would pop into files in /var/mail named by the username. But maybe you've configured procmail to do something with it.

Email doesn't magically come to you, but it isn't very complicated either. What does DNS tell the world to do with your email? Where does your MX record point? I have a feeling that mail really isn't coming to you after all.

If your MX host is an external server, then you'd have to go fetch it from that server. Normally you'd ask the remote server for your mail using the pop or imap protocols, but you could also fetch it in other ways... rsync, ftp, etc. :-) fetchmail would be a good way to fetch it.

Take care,

Waitman
 
  


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