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Old 09-18-2003, 05:58 AM   #1
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Webmail interface for POP3 mail.. Has it been done?


I have the usual pop3 mail address, and sure I can access it via putty via console but I would prefer to use a webmail alternative using the POP3 and SMTP mail server.

Has this been done specifically, has it been done on linux?


Any feedback will be great.

Thanks in advance
 
Old 09-18-2003, 08:35 AM   #2
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I think about all run on Linux that I know of...

Maybe you can use something like neomail or horde mail... not sure of specific addresses but a quick google will find them, or maybe from freshmeat.net or sourceforge.net

Hope this helps.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 08:50 AM   #3
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if you're looking for a web interface to RUN the mail server, webmin can do sendmail, qmail, and more...

http://www.webmin.com/

if you're looking for a web interface to USE the mail server, squirrelmail or something similar might be what you want...

http://www.squirrelmail.org/

here's the horde thinggy that trickykid speaks of...

http://www.horde.org/imp/

good luck.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 08:38 PM   #4
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"if you're looking for a web interface to USE the mail server, squirrelmail or something similar might be what you want...

http://www.squirrelmail.org/"

Yes to use the mail server. Thanks for all replies.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 08:54 PM   #5
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I think squirrelmail is not for standard unix mailboxes, it requires IMAP (but I may be wrong).

I myself use neomail for webmail, based on standard unix mailboxes (POP3).
Neomail is great as it is, however, its development has been stopped (no new versions, only patches will ever be issued).
I think there is new, living webmail project based on the original neomail sources, which is called Open Webmail (if I remember correctly). You may google search for that.
 
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http://www.neomail.org/
 
Old 09-18-2003, 09:18 PM   #7
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I tried squirrelmail and indeed it is fidly with those php support and server settings.

Squirrelmail doesneed IMAP. So I'll try neomail. Thanks
 
Old 09-18-2003, 09:33 PM   #8
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NEOMAIL ERROR

Couldn't get write lock on /var/spool/mail//sedulous

What did I need to do ?
 
Old 09-18-2003, 10:05 PM   #9
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don't know about the error (i'm sure someone else will post about it soon, though) but here's the link to the open web mail based on neomail 1.4 that J_Szucs mentioned... it looks like it's very actively maintained (look at the change log)...

http://turtle.ee.ncku.edu.tw/openwebmail/
 
Old 09-18-2003, 10:46 PM   #10
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NEOMAIL ERROR Couldn't get write lock on /var/spool/mail//sedulous
I never got the same error, though I think it may be related to permissions on the /var/spool/mail directory.
Mine is world writable, but even so I had to install Neomail with the su option (read the doc).

I know these can result in security risk, so I only make webmail accessible through https, with client and server authentication in the background. There are security certificates installed on the server and the clients, too.
In general, I found it the most convenient to simply put stunnel over normal services and so to have the secure service. Say you have http on port 80, use stunnel to connect port 80 to 443 and voila: you have https on port 443. The same applies to pop3: connect port 110 to 995 via stunnel, and you have secure pop3 on port 995, etc.
This way you only have to configure stunnel (leaving apache, qpopper, etc. untouched), and you can use the same security certificates for all services (at least when you access these services via the same URL like me).
These secure services then can be forwarded to the corresponding ports on the firewall.

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Old 09-18-2003, 11:01 PM   #11
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Well I fixed the permissions and I can send mail out, but when i check for new messages in INBOX nothing appears even though there are messages waiting on the server.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 11:06 PM   #12
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I think this can only be possible if you incorrectly specified the location of your mailboxes.
Where are they?
 
Old 09-18-2003, 11:08 PM   #13
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The POP3 mailboxes?

I dont think i specified a location for that.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 11:08 PM   #14
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Where is the configuration for it. Nothing was said in the docs.
 
Old 09-18-2003, 11:16 PM   #15
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Neomail asks quuestions during installation. I think it is among those questions ('location of mail spool' or something like that).
If you are unsure, you could post all of the questions and your answers to them (naturally hiding your real mail address).
You should also post where your mailboxes are (/var/mail? /var/spool/mail?)

Please also note that there are no such thing like "pop3 mailboxes".
There are standard unix mailboxes that a pop3 server makes accessible. So does neomail, which uses the same standard unix mailboxes. That is why these are so easy to use.

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