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Old 10-08-2005, 12:33 PM   #1
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Question Newbie trying to work with mail, and web server

I'm a long-time Windows user, and a short-time Linux user. I am running Linux Mandrake 10.1 on an old Compaq. I have searched through several of the threads and can't find much about how to get a mail or web server working. Can someone please help me? I have found something about downloading Postfix. I thought Linux came ready to set up servers? Please forgive me if I'm asking a bad question. But I was always told "There's no such thing as a bad question". Any help would be appreciated.

Old 10-08-2005, 12:44 PM   #2
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welcome Rambo!
Most distros come with sendmail and apache webserver installed.They are your servers.Mandrake might not come with these, but a short romp through your installed packages would tell you if they are.They will need to be configured and set to start at boot.I know that Apache is not that hard but sendmail(I have never used it)is a tad bit harder.This is the A #1 place to look for info on configuration.
And don't worry about dumb questions, I ask them myself all the time.
Good luck!

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Old 10-08-2005, 01:03 PM   #3
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I think I enabled Apache. I put the check mark in some of the boxs that said something about it. I don't know how to find the program. Can you help me with that? Also, if I can get Apache can you help me set it up?

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Fire up your browser and type in the address bar "http://localhost" minus quotes, that will tell you if the webservers running
Old 10-08-2005, 01:12 PM   #5
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Originally posted by Rambo
I put the check mark in some of the boxs that said something about it.
Can you be a bit more specific? The more detail and accuracy you give the faster you will get am answer because we can concentrate on the issue at hand and not have to guess at what you have done/not done
Old 10-08-2005, 01:18 PM   #6
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I got a page on that link. I believe the server is running. As for the check boxs I was talking about. The boxs in the "install Software" area. After I checked some of them in the "Configure your computer area" an new spot about servers was there. I tried to configure them but it was very confusing.

Old 10-09-2005, 10:42 AM   #7
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hey rambo,

sounds like apache is running if you can see a ""template or default" site by typing "http://localhost", which is good if you want to setup your webserver---woohoo!

/ramble on
let me enlighten you to my experience:
my isp says webserver? ok
mailsever?noooooo! violation of tos...abort...abort...abort. seems they don't want poorly configured mailservers to be compromised and start spewing spam all over the place, like a runaway garden hose. you might want to check with yours, so you don't get kicked to the curb.

is there a way to run a mailserver and hide it from my isp? yes...costs money...takes time to configure...on my to-do list.

back to your situation...if you want to run a webserver, you'll probably want a kewl domain name. once you have that, you will need to be able to route to it. i am on a dynamic isp service which means the ip of my webeserverbox changes daily, so i need some way to point to my weberver ip. i used services for that....

my point is...that if you want to run a publicly available website (ftp, mail, etc) you have a lot of reading and tinkering ahead of you, which is fine. it took me two weeks to setup and start serving my pathetic little webpage. i am currently struggling with postgresql and drupal/phpbb/punbb/xoops/minibb...i want to setup my own forum.

just because apache is installed by default, and hey it even works, doesn't mean that you have an immediate web presence. this was a hard lesson to learn for this former winders junkie.

you will also want to secure this, once you get it running. and you probably want to run it on a separate box. i have my web/ftp server box in a dmz behind a smoothwall firewall/router box....

/ramble off

anyway, this is a good place to ask questions. they seem to be friendly and none-too-arrogant. so you have taken a correct step on your linux journey. remember that a detailed questions is preferred...more detailed, the better...less guesswork required by your would-be-helpers.

we all wish you well. keep plugging away at it, and you will get it to work. persistence pays.

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