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Old 08-07-2005, 02:02 AM   #1
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Question Home Mail Server: Debian+Exim4+Fetchmail

Hi, thanks for reading my thread

I am a total Linux subnewbie trying to set up a home mail server.

I want to:

Pull email from one isp for 5 email accounts
Deliver email from account "myinternetemail" to linux server mailbox1 and pick it up from a windows PC (Outlook client at this stage)
Deliver email from account "otherinternetemail" to linux server mailbox2 and pick it up from a different windows PC (Outlook client at this stage)
Deliver email from account "internetemail3" to linux server mailbox3
Deliver email from account "internetemail4" to linux server mailbox3
Deliver email from account "internetemail5" to linux server mailbox3
Forward all email delivered to mailbox3 to both mailbox1 and mailbox2
Completed so far:

installed Debian (fonts tripped me up for a while)
installed fetchmail
Current issues:

I'm testing to see if I can get some basics working...

> Configured fetchmailconf as root, so I have the /root/.fetchmailrc file (you wouldn't believe how long it took me to find that file and then figure out how to open and read it as root). The file reads " set postmaster "postmaster" ... set bouncemail ... set no spambounce ... set properties "" ... set daemon 360 ... poll ... user 'internetemail3' there with password 'mypassword3' is 'localusername' here ... user 'internetemail4' there with password 'mypassword4' is 'localusername' here " BUT when I run fetchmail it just says done. I've used fetchmailconf to run it with debugging enabled, it says background fetchmail at 6165 awakened. Done."

>when I run Mutt it says /home/localusername/Mail does not exist. So I edited /etc/exim4/update-exim4.conf.conf and added the line dc_localdelivery='maildir_home', then as root sent a message: echo "my test" | mail -s "test message" localusername. Then tail -f /var/log/exim4/mainlog shows "<= root@localhost.localdomain U=root P=local S=362 => localusername <localusername@localhost.localdomain> R=local_user T=maildir_home "

> I think I need to install a pop3 or IMAP server so my outlook clients can connect - but I'm not sure what I've got, or what might be the best thing to use.

For anyone thinking RTFM - I agree, and I have read so much my brain hurts, but unfortunately I don't understand much of it because I'm thinking "yeah, but where IS the 'any key' ? " (OK, it's not quite that bad, but it is depressing)

So any and all help very greatly appreciated.

Old 08-08-2005, 12:43 AM   #2
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there is a fetchmail config utility called fetchmailconf
it can setup seperate mail polling for each user and the root can initiate everything
i can describe how my mail system works if it helps
fetchmail hands mail to
antivir-mailgate hands mail to
procmail processes mail with spamassassin/razor and anomy mail sanatizer
procmail delivers mail to exim /var/mail/usr
if anyone wants to look at mail locally they use pine
i don't know how to use mutt sorry
windows pcs on network get mail from qpopper

the posibilities are nearly endless so don't follow me !
just didn't know how to help


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