John Allen wrote:
> Kevin Philp wrote:
>> Timothy Murphy wrote:
>>> On Thursday 30 April 2009 09:27:46 Frank Murphy (Frankly3D) wrote:
>>>>>>> I want to setup a mail-server later in the summer,
>>>> for my website(s) *ath frankly3d dhot chom
>>>> (to save size on my web-space)
>>>>>>>>>> Sorry to show ignorance, but what exactly is a mail-server?
>>> Do you mean that people can send email directly
>>> to whoever@*ath frankly3d dhot chom ?
>>>>>> If so, what is the advantage of this?
>>> Why not just collect email with IMAP or whatever
>>> from your ISP or place of work?
>>> Surely that does not use much web-space?
>>>>>> Again, if you are talking about sending email too,
>>> what is the advantage of running your own smtp server
>>> as opposed to nominating your ISP as smart host?
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Lots of reasons you might want to do this. You could use a local mail
>> server to spool mail before sending it to our ISP, you could use
>> transfer your incoming mail from the ISP to your own mailserver and
>> run it through spamassassin, clamav or whatever - gives you a chance
>> to clean it up and you don't have to wade through endless spam. Maybe
>> just a good learning experience. Generally you need a basic mail
>> server even to pick up system messages.
>>>> On the downside you have an extra service to protect which is facing
>> the big bad world.
>>>> From my limited experience of running a small mail server. We run
>> postfix, its easy to set up, has a nice webmin module to help the
>> configuration and has a good security record. Exim is more
>> complicated but more flexible. Others kicking around which you will
>> hear about but probably should avoid are qmail (seems unsupported)
>> and sendmail (the grand-daddy of mail servers). I am not sure what
>> CentOS defaults to but its probably postfix or exim in which case the
>> default will be a good choice.
> I think CentOS defaults to sendmail (yuck)
>> -- Sent via my own mail server :)
>>In that case remove it and go for Postfix - unless you want to learn
Sendmail for strange reason.
Nice Linux Journal article http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/4241
and some CentOS specific stuff
These articles suggest CentOS uses Postfix - I have never used it so I
am just reading the pictures.
-- Sent via my own Postfix mail server :)
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