Mail and DNS setup

Jerry freebsd.user at
Thu Aug 19 23:19:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, 19 Aug 2010 17:44:46 -0500
Depo Catcher <depocatcher at> articulated:

> I have a local box that downloads all my mail (~8 accounts) via
> fetchmail. It's processed by sendmail/procmail and sorted into
> Maildir folder. From there I retrieved via courier-imap (ssl) in
> Thunderbird.
> This has worked well, but since it's been running there have been
> quite a few security advisories in fetchmail, sendmail and procmail.
> I'm not fond of any of their configs or syntax either, so won't mind 
> trying some alternatives on my new server.
> What other setup would work for my needs?  I really like
> courier-imap, so would like to stay with that or another imap ssl
> server. For fetchmail, getmail looks like a good alternative.
> What would be a good procmail replacement?  I've searched around, but 
> couldn't find anything that provides the same functionality.
> I have a lot of email so like to sort it into specific folders.
> For sendmail, qmail looks like a good contender.  Any others that I 
> might consider?  Generally it seems like a qmail is pretty solid?
> getmail + qmail + procmail replacement + courier-imap = win?
> Also anything special I need to do to uninstall or get rid of
> sendmail on my system?
> While we're at it, any alternatives to bind?  We have a slow internet
> so like to cache things locally.
> Other than local lookup and caching, nothing else is needed.

Personally, I like Postfix + Dovecot. I have always thought that
Fetchmail was a fairly easy application to configure.

Stay away from "qmail". It is no longer supported. Postfix is far
superior and works nearly seamlessly with dovecot.

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Jerry ✌
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