> -----Original Message----- > From: [EMAIL PROTECTED] > [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Russell E. Meek > Sent: Tuesday, September 04, 2007 5:20 PM > To: Jim Stapleton > Cc: email@example.com > Subject: Re: mail server setup questions > > > Quoting Jim Stapleton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>: > > > I need a mail server to take incoming mail, and provide a pop3 (or > > better yet, SSLed POP3) connection. I've tried akpop3d and qmail, but > > have had less than brilliant success getting them functional. Could > > you all suggest to me what you use and a good web site for configuring > > it as it would be done in FreeBSD? > > > > Please cc me, as I have the list subscribed in digest mode. > > > > Thanks, > > -Jim Stapleton > > _______________________________________________ > > firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list > > http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions > > To unsubscribe, send any mail to > "[EMAIL PROTECTED]" > > > > http://www.tnpi.biz/internet/mail/toaster/ > > Perfection - and qmail based also. >
No, this isn't perfection. Jim (and Russell) let me point out one thing about solutions like this. Something like this is designed for people who don't know how to build a mailserver, to download some files, pull the trigger, and Blammo - instant mailserver. In short, a big black box that works as a mailserver. The problem is, however, that the only guy that really and truly knows how everthing works in that black box is the guy that wrote the black box - the author of toaster, himself. You, being the clueless admin who pulled the trigger, are not going to be instantly converted into a knowledgeable mail server admin by pulling the trigger. You are just going to be a clueless admin who now has a big powerful black box that can go kill people, just as easily as explode in his face. Kind of like the country of Iraq buying a nuclear device - they don't know what they have, don't know how to build it, and are not qualified at all to use it. If something in that black box goes kablooie - which sooner or later it will, since all mail systems have problems - you are going to be screwed over. If you have a small home mailserver with a couple of friends on it, a system like Toaster can be a real help - IF you install it, then spend months picking it apart, to learn how to not be a clueless admin. However if you install it then spend the next 3 months watching reruns of Lost, then assume you now know all there is to know about a mailserver, you are then a stupid fool. Or, if your an admin with a big string of mailservers already under your belt who is looking for interesting code bits he can steal to incorporate into his own mailservers, then Toaster is also of value. But if your just a guy looking for a quick gun to shoot a problem so he can go on to the next thing, then your just going to screw yourself with something like Toaster. You would be much better advised to build the mailserver from scratch. Sure, your mailserver won't have all the pretty graphs and admin interfaces that something like Toaster has. But, you will know how it works and the day you get a phone call and 400 users now can't get mail, you will know how to fix it. Ted _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"