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Old 10-26-2003, 11:44 PM   #1
Registered: Aug 2003
Location: Australia
Distribution: Debian 3.0, Mandrake 9.0
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Help on choosing mail server.


For a few days now I've been trying to get a mail server up. I've had a few problems and my system for all of these problems has been this. "Look for information, post on, trudge through all information slightly relative". I was getting zero replies with this method, I figured it was just people would rather not reply than type STFW as I usually found the information a few hours after posting. The last problem I ran into, however, I posted on LinuxQuestions as a last resort. I found out everything I could first but I still had the problem.

What I'm trying to do is set up a mail server so that I can have email addresses at my domain. After trying a few methods I'm currently trying to do this with Cyrus and Postfix using MySQL and Berkeley Database (You've probably run into the faq about this).

My questions are as such:
Is this the right way to accomplish what I want?
Is there a better way?

Also, my last problem, and the stumbling block, is posted here, at the time of posting this thread still has zero replies, and after a lot of searching I can't find the answer. So if you do know the answer, or preferably, can guide me along the path to the answer I'd prefer that than starting anew. Of course, if I'm doing things wrong, I don't want to continue down the wrong path.

Thank you for taking the time to read,
- cirofren
Old 10-27-2003, 03:49 AM   #2
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You sound like you're just after a really really simple mail server to have a domain at home or something. I'd suggest giving a go, it's stupidly easy to set up and get going...
Old 10-27-2003, 04:07 AM   #3
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Actually what I want is to get the cyrus/postfix thing to work. I would rather not just for the simple approach for one reason.
I've only really been 'playing' with Linux for a week or two now (after spending a little using it for office stuff) and the information I've learned in that short time from not taking the simple road has been really good.
I don't want a really, really simple mail server because it would be easy. I want to do it the hard way and learn everything that comes from that.
I just don't really know if what I'm doing will get me to my goal, but I do know this is the first real problem I've come to that I haven't been able to find the answer for on my own.
So I'll keep exim in mind, thanks for that. (I think it was the defualt installed by debian, but I'm not sure) but I'll wait a little longer to see if I can get that file, or another way which isn't stupidly simple. (I'll use my mandrake box for that stuff ) Time isn't an issue, leaning all I can is.
- cirofren


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