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Old 08-14-2001, 10:11 PM   #1
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Mail Administrator HELP !!

Ok, I just got my first job, and it is a great job for being my age. I work for a hosting company,, and well they have asked me to learn and master linux in order to hopefully one day to become a linux systems admin, because they ahve a shortage in this area. well to make a long story short, my experience with linux is very little. I can make my way through the system with some ease, the configuration and stuff get me, and I get frustrated. Well then here comes my question.

I have my own server,that was provided by my employer which the IP is, you can query it through the IP or my domain I got Apache 1.3.20, PHP 4 and MySQL sucessfully installed. Now comes the most diffucult parts. I would like to install a pop3 server, such as qpopper, an smtp server such as sendmail/smail/qmail , and a mailing list manager like Majordomo. The problem is i have very little experience with these, and well in all my previous attempts i have been unsuccessful. I went to, more specifically into their Howtos and into mail administration. I run version 6.2 because I have heard it is more stable and secure in comparison to 7.2.

Anyways, I attempted to install qmail, which I have absolutely no experience with, and then sendmail with I have very little. I would prefer sendmail despite I heard of the diffucultly of the configuration.

So what I would like to ask is, if anyone can give me a place where there is detailed documentation on how to install and configure sendmail, or even better, someone help walk me through the installation procedures. :-D

A Link to anything would be more then helpful.

Then, a place where a pop3 server such as qpopper to be at. It doesn't necessarily have to be qpopper, but I would actually prefer it. I need something to guide me through the steps in detail and point me in the right direction, and explain to me exactly what I am doing and why I am doing it.

About the Majordomo thing, don't worry about that one, because I do intend to figure some things out on my own, but these 3 are a real stumper.

Also if anyone has got any links that could be helpful to a *nix web server admin with info about ftp/ssh/ssl/apache/php/or anything to do with webservers pass them on, that will be more then helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Look here:, its an index w links to sendmail, majord, etc on one page. O'Reilly got some books ull find interesting, and without saying u should support them w paying for a book, u could slocate a few online copies by searching google for "sendmail tcpip" (w/o quotes). Valid URI's usually have a part that looks like "orelly/cd_bookshelf/books/tcpip/sendmail/" or "/oreilly/books/tcpip/" or "/oreilly/tcpip/".

Then theres the SAG (System Administration Guide), LSAG (Linux System Administration Guide), NAG (Network Administrators Guide), the RH Unleashed, and RH manuals. Online, at or Also worth mentioning are and for having "gotta-know" improvement tips on security etc.

HTH somehow.


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