[Probably a bit OT] A question about mail systems

Rolf Nielsen listreader at lazlarlyricon.com
Sat Jan 8 12:26:31 UTC 2011


I have several e-mail addresses, and to make it easier to read them all, 
I use fetchmail to get the messages from the servers and deliver them to 
one local account. And I have a POP3 server running so I can read that 
local account's mail from e.g. thunderbird or even from my cell phone.

The POP3 server I use is mail/popd from the ports, but I'm not very 
happy with it. Among other things it occasionally messes up attached 
files, so I want to switch.

Moreover, I'd like to use maildir instead of a single file mailbox, so 
I'd like to switch from sendmail to e.g. postfix.

The problem is that my knowledge about e-mail configuration is somewhat 
limited. I've found several tutorials and HOWTOs on getting postfix and 
either a POP3 or an IMAP server up and running, but they were all aimed 
at quite advanced setups, meant for serving entire domains, and most of 
them involved having the users in a MySQL database. I've fiddled a bit 
with it, but I can't seem to get postfix to deliver the mail.

So here's what I want to do.

1. Have fetchmail get the messages.

2. Have an MTA (is that the right name, I always confuse them) deliver 
them locally to a maildir.

3. Have either a POP3 or an IMAP server from which I can retrieve the 
messages to whichever client I choose.

1 isn't a problem unless I need to make some radical changes.

How do I set up 2 in the easiest possible way? Can anyone point me to a 
tutorial or HOWTO that I've missed? Or perhaps give me some tips on how 
to do it?

For 3, can anyone recomend a good server that's easy to get up and 
running and which, obviously, handles maildir? Preferably one that can 
do both POP3 and IMAP, in case my needs change later. A good tutorial or 
HOWTO, or maybe some pointers?

If I've left something out or I need to clarify anything, please let me 
know. I'll do what I can to help you help me. :)

Thanks in advance,

Rolf Nielsen

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