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jsmith6 03-10-2013 07:28 PM

setting up a LAN mail server
 
I want a local, asynchronous communication system for me and a few (less than 20) friends, and I think that a LAN mail server is just what I need.

I'll give people IMAP, POP3, and webmail access from the outside (Internet) but I will only allow mail from, and to localhost. Noone will be able to send or recieve mail from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and the such.

Can you tell me what software I need, and a brief outline of the process? Just enough so I can start googling things.

I have a favorism for software carried by the standard Slackware distribution, so that the Slackware team can handle security updates. However, if the benefits are outstanding, I can start compiling software.

I'm running Slackware 13.37.

descendant_command 03-11-2013 12:13 AM

Dunno about slackware packages, but you'll need an SMTP server (postfix is probably the easiest to set up in a simple fashion, with excellent docs) and a POP3/IMAP4 server (dovecot for the same reasons).
For webmail access, anything that takes your fancy (squirrelmail, again is basic and easy), and of course a webserver to, well, serve it ... :)

Richard Cranium 03-12-2013 08:16 PM

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Originally Posted by descendant_command (Post 4908929)
Dunno about slackware packages

Then why do you think this is helpful?

Richard Cranium 03-12-2013 08:26 PM

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Originally Posted by jsmith6 (Post 4908841)
I want a local, asynchronous communication system for me and a few (less than 20) friends, and I think that a LAN mail server is just what I need.

I'll give people IMAP, POP3, and webmail access from the outside (Internet) but I will only allow mail from, and to localhost. Noone will be able to send or recieve mail from Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and the such.

Can you tell me what software I need, and a brief outline of the process? Just enough so I can start googling things.

I have a favorism for software carried by the standard Slackware distribution, so that the Slackware team can handle security updates. However, if the benefits are outstanding, I can start compiling software.

I'm running Slackware 13.37.

sendmail (for sending email) and procmail (for filtering incoming email) are standard.

You have a choice between fetchmail and getmail to receive mail (both are provided).

Slackware comes with a pop3 server (popa3d) as well as imapd.

There are additional things available at slackbuilds.org.

I cannot comment about webmail offerings.

descendant_command 03-13-2013 12:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Cranium (Post 4910367)
Then why do you think this is helpful?

Well that particular bit obviously isn't, but the rest is relevant to the question posed, and I thought it might be good to qualify my answer as not slackware specific (which, by the way, was not a hard dependency of the request).

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Cranium (Post 4910367)
I cannot comment about webmail offerings

That seems remarkably unhelpful as well... you probably shouldn't have bothered at all. :D

kite 03-13-2013 04:28 AM

I setup my email server using postfix + dovecot (imap) + roundcube (webmail)
I also used postgrey for spam blocking

Here is a howto for salix OS, salix OS is distribution based on slackware closely. http://www.salixos.org/wiki/index.ph..._a_mail_server

commandlinegamer 03-13-2013 05:45 AM

Back in the day I used qmail for my local LAN mailserver (complete overkill as I only had 2-3 machines). Lots of documentation at:

www.qmail.org
cr.yp.to/qmail.html (the author's site)
www.lifewithqmail.org (a comprehensive guide to setting it up)


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