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Old 01-30-2006, 04:15 PM   #1
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How do I configure Postfix to save my outgoing SMTP mail in my IMAP "Sent Items"?

Hi peeps,

Ok, so my thread title is fairly self-explanatory, but I'll give a brief overview of my system. I'm not a _total_ Linux n00b, but I am new to these forums so I'm not sure (yet) where everything belows. Here goes!

I am the sysadmin of a single-IP co-located webserver, on which I host my website, as well as a few domains for my clients. (Nice passive income.)

The box is running a bog-standard Debian 3.1 (Sarge?) installation, kernel 2.6.8, etc. The coolest part of all, however, is VHCS which controls the hosting side of things. I'm getting pretty good at re-installing VHCS, so if anyone has any questions on that side I'll gladly help!

However, my issue is simple. I use IMAP mail, cos I check mail on several devices (laptop, desktop, PDA, phone) and IMAP obviously solves world hunger in that regard.

Postfix is the MTA (as far as I can see) and it allows authenticated mail users from any of the hosted virtual domains to use the box as an outgoing SMTP server. This is really neat, cos now I don't have to keep changing my SMTP server every time I connect my laptop through a different wireless ISP.

But - I was thinking - wouldn't it be nice if the MTA could becoming REALLY smart, and drop a copy of my outgoing mail in the "sent items" folder of the appropriate user's maildir? i.e. when I'm off-site, I can use my mail server to send mail, and it'll automatically copy my sent message into my folder of sent mail! Just like webmail, only not like webmail cos webmail (imho) bites the big one.

The way I get around this at the moment is to create a dumb rule in MS Outlook that saves a copy of all outgoing messages in the right folder. But this is retarded, because I end up with duplicate emails in duplicate sent folders, plus the rule is a separate action to sending the mail to the SMTP server, so it uses twice the bandwidth when the rule copies the message back to the same place I just sent it to!

So, I know this is a rediculously long post for a simple question, but I'm feeling particularly garalous tonight... and suggestions from you guys on how I can configure Postfix / Courier-IMAP / VHCS / whatever to do this?

Also, the following two quick points would appreciate some feedback:

1. Where should I begin to look for help on debugging software RAID with mdadm? I set it up, it worked for a month, then the kernel ate my ext3 file system. Not cool.

2. Where should I look for help with Kolab? I'd like to integrate Kolab into my VHCS-controlled server, but I don't know if this is a good idea. Fellow Kolab hopefuls please shout... (Kolab rocks the party, btw.)

Thanks all - look forward to hearing from y'all.

p.s My name is Pete, I'm from South Africa and I'm in IT. Oh, and I really like Radiohead.
Old 02-01-2006, 01:12 AM   #2
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I did some searching around, and I think I found what you're looking for:

Seems to accomplish everything you need, though, as it states itself, it's a very hungry system (seven processes), but, it's all I could really find so far. If it's not what you need, I'be happy to help out in any way I can =)


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