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Old 11-05-2004, 04:25 AM   #1
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What do i need to set up a mail server

i have redhat 9 on a computer. i would like to to collect emails from the internet and distribute them internally to macs and pcs. What programs do this and which is the easiest to set up?

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while this sounds like a box that would sit in a cupboard humming away to itself, this is not actually a mail server the way you describe it. you are not actually "serving" anything... but either way, breaking down what you want...

"collect emails from the internet" = fetchmail
but maybe you mean...
"accept emails sent from the internet" = smtp server = exim, qmail, sendmail, postfix etc...

the other half though...
"distribute them internally" = ??
this bit doesn't make logical sense. I know that might not literally be what you mean, but it can get confusing through the language used... if you want to actually GIVE the emails TO the clients, then you'd want an smtp server on each machine, conceptually, that just doesn't happen. however if you want the clients to GET the emails FROM your server, then that's different. that's simple, and you'd just want to install an imap or pop3 server (most standard servers provide both functionality) such as courier-imap or cyrus-imap.

have a look at these two parts of your problem, and whlie keeping in mind your end solution, build them as seperate entities. first get fetchmail (if that's the route you choose) to get test mail from the world somewhere, and keep it on your server. once you've got that completely sussed, then look at the next part of letting the clients take the mail from the server. if you come unstuck at all joining the two parts together, just ask.
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Thank you!
(You're quite right, i find even working out what the right question is difficult).

So yes i want to fetch email from the various hosts we have (so fetchmail) and allow others on the LAN to pick them up from their mail programs (i'll try pop3).

Is Fetchmail graphical though? I need to see all the emails on that computer too, or is that a matter of copying them with the pop3 thing to all the clients you want. i suppose so.

thanks again
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this should help get you started


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