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I followed the tutorial called the Perfect Setup for Debian Etch and all seemed ok. My network consists of the Debian server 192.168.0.102 (static) and an XP box 192.168.0.101 (static) behind a Dlink router. My ISP address is static. I opened ports to allow pop 110 and smtp 25 to my server. I have a user account I'll call 'newbie' on my server. I can log in with user 'newbie' and read mail in var/log/newbie. I downloaded Thunderbird on my xp box because I do not like outlook. My ISP is earthlink and i have made the changes to main.cf in Postfix to use earthlinks smtp server. I've also created sasl_passwd and added my ISP username and password. I configured Thunderbird to use smtpauth.earthlink.net but when I click on 'Get Mail' I receive a window with 'please enter your password for user newbie for 192.168.0.102 but the password does not work. Can someone please tell me why? At the moment that is my main problem pulling user newbie mail from my debian server with a mail client on my xp box.
I'm kind of lost as well. You typically either use your ISP mail or your run your own mail server, but you typically don't use one through the other (but you can). Some people forward messages to their ISPs mail server and then from there they get delivered. However some ISPs (and my guess is that earthlink would fall into this category) will not allow that configuration, it feels too much like allowing spam through. So if you are going to be running your own mail server and not route traffic through your ISPs mail server, then you don't need your ISP mail settings in your Postfix conf files. Postfix is your mail server. You send mail directly to other mail servers (depending on the recipients @DOMAIN.TLD).
thanks for the reply alan_ri ...I made changes to thunderbird still getting the same error message 'sending of password did not succeed. Mail server 192.168.0.102 responded: chdir Maildir failed. What other info can i give you to help troubleshoot this?
thanks for the reply MasterC I changed the settings in thunderbird but still get the same error message (see previous post). Why can't I log onto my mail server from my windows box with the user account that is setup on my server? I had used successfully (old server)used smtpauth with sendmail to relay my mail through earthlinks mail server. I'm trying to accomplish the same scenario but I'm still green to Debian and Postfix.
Ok, I think it makes a little more sense now after I read it a couple more times. Can you post up your postconf -n output? Ensure pop (or imap depending on which one you are trying to use) is running on your debian box (I prefer courier-imap, and generally IMAP overall). Also you can try telnetting to your debian box from a Windows command prompt on port 110 (or 143) to see if you get a response.
It depends on the type of mail (mbox vs maildir). Maildir is fine, you just have to set it up that way. It can be /home/user/awesomeness if you want. You just have to configure it that way throughout your mail applications (your pop and postfix servers in this case).
I already followed that tutorial thanks alan_ri...I fail to understand how that relates to logging onto a mail server within a lan with the user account that is setup on the server? I thought about MasterC posts and I do not need to use earthlinks smtp server as a relay since I've setup an 'ISP' style server I have the backend components in place...the tutorial I followed states that I have to send an email first to a new account before I can fetch mails. Maildir is created automatically once the first email arrives. I sent one last night from my hotmail account and got this reply:
This is an automatically generated Delivery Status Notification.
THIS IS A WARNING MESSAGE ONLY.
YOU DO NOT NEED TO RESEND YOUR MESSAGE.
Delivery to the following recipients has been delayed.
I made the necessary change to thunderbird and I still cannot log onto the server with username daniel and password. I've checked pop settings and hostname..everything ..when I ran a slackware server with sendmail all i had to do was make changes to /etc/hosts.allow which i've done in debian..any suggestions would be greatly appreciated