[K12OSN] E-mail puzzle

Bert Rolston bert.rolston at clear.net.nz
Wed May 19 22:13:26 UTC 2004

Thanks Paul,

Your assumption was correct.

This definitely looks like the answer to my problem.

Fetchmail and send mail were installed from the Redhat CD's. So I'm
assuming RH has set it up to run the daemon as root.

I'll give this a shot.


On Thu, 2004-05-20 at 01:32, Paul Davison wrote:
> Bert Rolston wrote:
> >Hi folks,
> >
> ><snip>
> >
> >Fetchmail can collect domain mail from the ISP as the "mailman" user.
> >"mailman" is also a user on the local server.
> >
> >HOW do I get individual mail from the mailman account using Squirrel
> >mail EG. user1 mail into user1 Squirrel mail mailbox from the "mailman"
> >account, user2,3...x and so on?
> >  
> >
> <snip>
> Hi Bert,
> I assume that the way you have your domain mail being delivered is as 
> follows.  the email for all users in you domain is collected in a single 
> mailbox on your ISP's server. Then you are using Fetchmail to collect 
> all the mail from that account. and what you wish to do is have your 
> server sort the mail back out to the individual users it was originally 
> meant for.  Is that a correct assumption?
> If the above assumption is correct, Fetchmail will probably do what you 
> need.
> You are probably already running fetchmail as root in daemon mode.  In 
> the .fetchmailrc you probably  have an entry like the following:
> poll mail.yourisp.com proto pop3 user "mailman" password "secretpassword"
> if you change that to something like:
> poll  mail.yourisp.com  proto pop3 localdomains  your.domain.com :
>    user "mailman" with pass "secretpassword"  to * here
> This tells fetchmail to collect the mail and deliver it to the sendmail 
> daemon on your machine for local delivery. This assumes that the email 
> addresses and usernames are the same.  I am pretty sure you need to be 
> running the daemon as root for this to work properly.
> You might want to take a look at the fetchmail man page or fetchmail 
> howtos from Eric Raymonds homepage http://www.catb.org/~esr/fetchmail/  
> He has examples/trouble shooting  and some do's and don't for multidrop 
> mailboxes.
> I might add that if you have a persistent, or semi persistent connection 
> to the internet, you would probably have much better results having an 
> MX record added to your domain's DNS server to have the mail 
> automatically delivered straight to your mailserver instead of a dropbox.
> Hope that helps
> Paul Davison
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