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I would like to set up a fully functional web server with not only the ability to allow people to host their web site but also with the ability to give them email accounts at their domain. I have an ok grasp on how to set up apache and can read more to get what i dont know. My problem comes with setting up the email. From what I hear qmail is a great program to use for this purpose. However, I do not know where to begin to start setting it up and implementing it. I believe it is already installed on my machine but I am not sure where the config files are and how to start setting them up. If anyone can give me the heads up on this I would be greatful.
If I'm not mistaken, Mandrake 8.2's default mta isn't qmail, but is sendmail... either way, the easiest way to get Qmail running is to get the source and compile it on your own. You can find that at www.qmail.org, or... since I was slack the other day, I installed qmail from RPM by looking it up on www.rpmfind.net
Thanks for the help. If I could ask something else...can you give me a quick run down of all all this email works? For example...from what I believe I know, qmail is only an smtp program. So how will I handle incoming mail? Also, in order to do this with fully qualified domain names will I need a DNS server?
Qmail is a Mail Transport Agent, it takes and sends mail. It runs on maildirs instead of spools, so the only onboard client offhand that I know will work is Mutt. It also comes with a pop3 server, so you can use that to get mail off the server. It also supposedly works with the different bits and pieces of courier, so you can run ldap or webmail with it too. Life with Qmail will explain all that goop really.
You don't need to run BIND. Its easier to have someone else run your DNS record. Offhand, if you buy through gandi.net, they'll run DNS for you, its easy to set up, and the cost is in euros so we win out in the exchange rate.