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Old 05-13-2005, 01:29 PM   #1
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mail files

A few people seem to be having problems after upgrading from the slack-current. Especially fetching mail. Which files in Slackware are responsible for handling email?

Those that come to mind are:


Can anybody add others to the list?
Old 05-13-2005, 01:36 PM   #2
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It entirely depends on your system setup...

Sendmail is the mail transport. It's an SMTP server, that's used for sending mail. It also allows receipt of mail from remote hosts.

Getmail/Fetchmail retrieve mail from other mail servers through pop3.

popa3d/popd/qpopd/etc. are POP3 servers. These allow you to download mail directly from the server to the client, and the mail client stores mail wherever it chooses.

imapd is an IMAPrev4 server. This replaces the POP3 server, and allows the mail client to view mail, but keep the messages/folders on the server. Most people aren't using imap, because of the amount of storage required server-side, but for some situations, it is very useful.

Knowing the nature of the problems that you're talking about might help troubleshoot them....


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