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Old 04-16-2006, 11:04 PM   #1
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Setting up email accounts manually


Hi guys,

till now I have set up email servers (Linux) using control panels like Plesk, Cpanel etc... but I want to know how to set up manually.. like how to set up alias email, set up pop email etc... set quotas etc... then follow by install webmail etc...

knowing these will go a long way in understanding how it works and also.. i'm looking to code my own email setup control panel. just email only (no need for plesk etc)

been searching online but not very helpful.. i guess i am searching in the wrong place or using the wrong search words. can someone point me to an online guide/tutorial to get me started?

Basically I am looking to create the following via the CLi:

- pop email
- alias email
- group email
- webmail software to link to the email account created
- emails for different domains

many thanks for your attention!
 
Old 04-17-2006, 04:20 PM   #2
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This is a huge question. But for starters, you'd need to make clear which mail server you intend to use. After that, it might only be a matter of reading some man pages. I'm not familiar with Red Hat/Fedora package management and software collection, but there should be a reasonable front end for determining which software is installed and/or available.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 05:16 PM   #3
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you may use imp for your webmail client.
 
Old 04-17-2006, 06:02 PM   #4
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If your using RHEL/Fedora/CentOS it's all pretty easy,

start dovecot
/etc/init.d/dovecot start

start postfix
/etc/init.d/postfix start

add users
useradd user1

edit the /etc/aliase file
user.one: user1

and there you have it a user and an alias.
 
Old 04-18-2006, 12:51 AM   #5
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oooh ok.. then how do i specify what domain that user email is?
say if i want to use that particular server for email accounts for @domain1.com and @domain2.com?

I planning to do a front-end control panel via php so I figure I better know how to do it manually if i want to do the control panel....

please advice

probably use fedora or something... sendmail as the smtp?
 
Old 04-18-2006, 01:14 AM   #6
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well in that case your going to be looking at user virtual users/domains ... I've never really looked into using virtual users/domains before.

But one way you could do it is using LDAP, I have a how-to on setting up openldap on my website below, it has very good php interfaces built for it already, phpldapadmin, LAM and many more.

I've always been a bigger fan fo postfix than sendmail, but it's really whatever you like the most.
 
Old 04-19-2006, 03:49 AM   #7
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hmmm ok... virtual users/domains
shall take note...


just wanna try to do an application to control my emails... but need to figure the underlying portion first
 
  


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