Setting up Mail in Linux

Jude DaShiell jdashiel at
Sat Jan 8 02:05:43 UTC 2011

For incoming mail, you might read the fetchmail or getmail manual pages 
and prepare to make yourself a configuration program for one of those 
programs.  Sendmail and postfix and other alternatives exist for 
outgoing mail.  Of the packages sendmail is the most difficult and 
involved to get set up and working properly.  Everyone of the outgoing 
mail packages has a security section which you should read and 
understand before going any further.  Incoming mail is best not stored 
in mbox format but as separate files against the day clamscan finds a 
virus.  With individual messages in individual files all you need do is 
delete that file.  The mbox format stores all incoming mail in a single 
file so when clamscan finds a virus in that, it flags all of your email 
as bad and can't remove one or messages where a virus is found.

On Thu, 6 Jan 2011, RiverWind wrote:

> Hi All,
> I have a fully functional Linux box, except for the mail. I have alpine on my 
> system, but I have no earthly idea how to go ab out setting up incoming and 
> outgoing mail. I am told that it is a dreadfully complicated undertaking. I 
> would like to try setting it up by myself, because there is no one in my area 
> who can help me at this time. Any help that any of yolu can provide would be 
> most sinecerely appreciated.
> Riv
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