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Re: thunderbird and evolution

On 2009-03-28 01:19, Daniel Dalton wrote:
On Fri, Mar 27, 2009 at 11:08:36PM -0500, Ron Johnson wrote:
Instead of complicating things, set up an imap server for storage and your MTA as a relay host.

Okay. So as I understand it:
- All messages are stored on a server, the server has tools to receive
the mail from my isp
- I can then access the server with clients, from anywhere in the world.

Is this correct?


                 So, once setup, do I just give all my clients the
address of my imap? e.g. localhost:/whatever

Yup. Typically, the "server" is the same address as your workstation. My Linux box fetches email for all 4 of my family members, but three of them use a PC on the other side of the house; thus, when configuring their MUA, they also configure for IMAP and put my machine's name as the server.

Can I access my emails on the imap server from a remote web log in,  I
read about this somewhere.

Absolutely, if you install a web server and webmail package.

Alternatively (and concurrently!), you could configure your imapd to also use the IMAPS protocol.

                            If so, must I forward the necessary ports to
my server?

Yes, port 80.

            How is the sending of mail controled? Eg. does the imap do
this, like, does the client send it to the imap, then the imap takes
care of it from there?

IMAP means Internet Mail *Access* Protocol.

Thus, it's only a "store". POP doesn't send email, does it? No, you tell your MUA the address of a machine which has an smtp server, and that's what sends the email.

In this case, both the IMAP server and SMTP server would be *your* machine.

Do you know of a good howto for this?

The unzipped form of this is what I used when configuring my mail
setup. Note that I didn't have to build anything from source, but
simply installed the relevant Debian packages.


Lastly, configure all your MUAs to send to your own machine (which, running an MTA configured as a relay host, shunts the mail out to smtp.iinet.net.au) and "read" from the IMAP server.

Ah right, so the imap does actually send the mail?

No.  As stated above, the smtp server sends the mail.

This is mostly for any Windows converts who find this thread:
remember, Linux is a "server-class OS", so even small Linux workstations are fully capable of running IMAP, SMTP and HTTP servers along with all the "client" apps you are used to running.

Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

"Freedom is not a license for anarchy."

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