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Old 03-20-2004, 07:09 AM   #1
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Question Suggestion needed for IMAP/POP3


what does the IMAP do ? I know this is almost similar like pop3 protocol, but difference is when pop3 is used, mail from server got downloaded. but in case of IMAP, a copy still remain on the server... (??? really ?). But i think this is not the main difference.

If I want to install a mail server with postfix. Do i both need to have pop3 and IMAP running on the server ? or I can use SMTP with IMAP.

Plz suggest.

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Old 03-20-2004, 07:20 AM   #2
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Postfix is just an SMTP server. It does not provide POP3/IMAP access. As of POP3/IMAP you can take a look at Cyrus or dovecot. Cyrus is known to behave well in large setups as of lots of users.

For the difference part I suggest you google ... for instance 1 result is


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