Best mail setup for home server?

Erik Nørgaard norgaard at
Sat May 5 17:48:05 UTC 2012

On 05/05/2012 17:21, Joshua Isom wrote:

> Before I deal with setting postfix to relay the mail,
> dealing with firewalls and other possible issues, is there a better
> alternative?

postfix will do the job, it just works, local mail will continue to just 
work. There are alternatives like qmail and sendmail, but why bother if 
you're already familiar with postfix?

The issues you will have will likely be the same regardless of your 
choice of MTA: Relaying mail through your server may cause outgoing mail 
to end up in recipients spambox, that at least if your MTA will send 
directly to the recipient mail server and not relay through, say, your 
google account.

I don't know if you can set postfix up to relay through gmail using your 
google account, or if it is a good idea - you have to configure it with 
your password and in plaintext I suppose.

But, is this the solution? It sounds like you've got an overly 
complicated setup. If you use a mail client you can configure multiple 
accounts, download messages for offline use etc. A mail client like 
Thunderbird will queue your mail if the smtp server cannot be reached. 
Consider the issues you otherwise will have when you're away and can't 
reach your server.

BR, Erik
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