[TriLUG] Banging away at mail server setup
Tue, 11 Dec 2001 18:50:46 -0500 (EST)
If something took guru Jon Carnes 8 hours to install, it will probably
take a mere mortal weeks. I would think about just giving all the users
accounts anyway. This allows you to use the huge amount of software
that's designed for normal *nix accounts, such as quotas, user management,
etc, instead of a proprietary system.
You'll have to lock down the accounts of course -- restrict shell access
(by setting the shell to /bin/true), make sure things like ftp and telnet
are disabled, etc. But using this option allows you to use things like
cgipasswd for users to change passwords (assuming your webmail solutions
don't already have a change password option), and you can easily expand
the server to user web pages in the future if you wanted.
On Tue, 11 Dec 2001, Jon Carnes wrote:
> Postfix is cool, but I have a feeling that what you are actually looking for
> is Cyrus
> This lets you add users for just mail accounts. Red Hat comes with a
> standard RPM for installing an older version of Cyrus. Give it a whack and
> see if that does the job. Note: Cyrus is going to take you at least 8 hours
> to install and get working. It is however, a great email solution. The big
> gotcha is that Cyrus expects and needs for you to use some form of external
> authentication. Integrating that authentication with Cyrus is the biggest
> pain the ass that you will run across and will eat up about 6 hours (of the
> 8 necessary to get it running).
> Jon Carnes
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Justin Johnson" <email@example.com>
> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 11, 2001 5:34 PM
> Subject: RE: [TriLUG] Banging away at mail server setup
> > Ok, now I'm getting frustrated.
> > As far as I can tell, the piece I am missing is a (?)MDA. I'm running
> > Postfix as the MTA,
> > and am looking to IMP or SquirrelMail for web based email solution, but I
> > have a 'hole' in the middle. No where to set up users, mailboxes, folders,
> > etc.
> > I can send and receive email just fine for users that have accounts on the
> > mail server, but I don't want to set up machine accounts for people just
> > have email. They have no other reason to access this machine.
> > I'm looking for a 'big picture' of something similar to IMail on Windows.
> > Or put another way, "What would I set up if I where a very small ISP in
> > rural NC with
> > 100 customers, and I want to use a Linux solution for email?"
> > Sorry to pound on this, but I am getting close to trying to install
> > Communigate
> > (commercial solution for linux), and if that fails, format and go back to
> > Windows.
> > Really wanted to come through here with a GPL solution so I could go to
> > boss and
> > say 'See, Linux can give us what we need!' Maybe (definitely) I am to
> > for the task...
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