Please can you help me. I would like to setup a mail server using Freebsd. I have installed the software, but how do I configure Freebsd to become a mail server.
I am desperate.
In addition to the fine replies you have already received, let me add to the noise: FreeBSD comes with Sendmail, all time King ("James" ;-) of the MTA's, already installed. All you need is the line
So you have a working SMTP server on hand, it just needs some configuration.
If you do *not* know how to set up DNS, you should read up on that first.
Walk through /etc/mail and look at a few files:
local-host-names # add your hostname to this file #if it doesn't exist, create it relay-domains #you may need to add LAN IP's # or other domains to allow outbound # relaying of mail aliases # username mapping virtusertable # domain mapping
Check the file /var/log/maillog as well, as most any errors dealing with the mailserver will show up there.
If you want to use the machine as a POP or IMAP server, check the programs in /etc/ports/mail. There is an example line to enable a POP server in /etc/inetd.conf, but one is not installed by default.
I don't necessarily wish to give you the impression that running a mail server is a piece of cake, but it's not that difficult to get started with it. What is tough is keeping it secure, and making sure the configuration makes it a workhorse and not a headache.
Kevin Kinsey DaleCo, S.P.
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