The mail server situation

Outback Dingo outbackdingo at
Sun Mar 15 11:50:15 UTC 2015

On Sun, Mar 15, 2015 at 10:34 PM, Manish Jain <bourne.identity at>

> Hi, I have been trying to set up a mail server on a new FreeBSD 10.1
> (amd64) machine. It is turning into quite a challenge, which I am having to
> persist with simply because I had set up qmail to work nicely 9 years back
> for another company on 5.3 or (5.4). I suppose every administrator for
> mail faces the following situation when taking up a mail server migration :
> 1) email user addresses are existing and have to be served via IMAP/POP +
> SMTP as in place (except elementary re-configuration on the client). The
> server has a public, static IP bound to an MX record (or so I believe) 2)
> access to mail via web 3) spam control via any working plugin like
> spamassassin 4) optional support for ssl/tls/ipv6 (although I would
> frankly like all of these locked up in their own jails) There are tons of
> HowTo's out there on the web, all suffering from similar symptoms : 1)
> Broken : it turns out that qmail is not even working on FreeBSD 10.1. God
> knows why the port was shipped in the first place 2) Very poor
> documentation. FreeBSD's famed handbook is a starting example. It begins
> the mail section with the presumption that the user does not know what is
> email and tries to define it in terms of traditional mail. (I wonder why
> the authors even have to presume that the user is acquainted with the
> concept of mail). Then it moves to sendmail configuration which begins with
> the presumption that the user is already aware of terms like CONNECT, RELAY
> and SKIP. As far as I am concerned, RELAY means giving a letter for my
> girl-friend to a go-between I trust. SKIP means hopping in the air exactly
> once when I receive a reply. (Hopping is more difficult to define, but you
> can try the dictionary) Is there any mail server which : a) just works
> with basic commandline skills like cd/ls/grep/sed/awk/tar/find/
> locate (and of course, the famous copy and paste)
> b) the documentation for which works as it is on 10.1 amd64 without making
> too many excuses You can try and discourage me with stuff like "Read
> online documentation". But that only opens up the discussion to many more
> naive administrators who will pound mailing lists with help questions. --
> Regards, Manish Jain --- This email is free from viruses and malware
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You could simply use iredmail, or postfix even.

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