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sopiaz57 02-10-2004 11:47 AM

POP.IMAP , what to do
I have Postfix up and running, can someone suggest a good solution for interfacing my email server with clients.

1. I want to use webmail. probably squirrel mail since it's nicely developed and has good support.

the real question is what program do i use for Imap or POP


benjithegreat98 02-10-2004 01:48 PM

If this will be a webmail only site then you'll probably want IMAP. You would use POP if you had clients (like thunderbird, outlook, whatever) connecting to the server to get their email. With pop you can have the clients store emial on their computer and not the server (you can, however, set pop up to leave a copy of the email on the server). You can use IMAP for that too. The email will just stay on the server. If you are going to use clients and webmail then you can do both. It boils down to where you want the mail to stay, unless you are a webmail only site, then you'll want to use IMAP.

Edit: Oh sorry. I thought that was asking if you should use POP or IMAP and not what program you should use for each.... So sorry. I guess just ignore that.

trickykid 02-10-2004 01:49 PM

If your going with IMAP probably the wu-imapd is one of the most used ones and comes with most distros. Pop would be another choice by you. I would suggest a little research to make your decision really.


sopiaz57 02-10-2004 02:04 PM

yea the Washington Univ. seems to be well supported and used. I'm thinking IMAP is more secure, since POP authenticates with plain text by default.

can i setup IMAP to auto delete messages every week/month? I suppose that can just be done with a CRON job though, so thats not really an issue.


david_ross 02-10-2004 02:38 PM

If you want to use a webmail solution like squirrelmail then you "need" to use IMAP. Personally I would go with courier-imap but that is just my preference.

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sopiaz57 02-10-2004 03:09 PM

i see courier-imap and washington univ. Imap. so you suggest courier-imap ey, why?

do they both supoort virtual mail boxes (virtual domains)

i see that courier only supports the MailDir format of mail storage.


david_ross 02-10-2004 03:20 PM

The last mail server I set up used ldap authentication which can be done with courier - hence why I chose it. There is probably also a mental nagging to do with wu-ftpd.

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