[ILUG] Tip - Web frontend for managing mail accounts
linux at esatclear.ie
Fri Jul 30 13:44:17 IST 2004
Having just set vexim up on a debian box in the last month I can
absolutely attest to it's lovelyness :-) If your wondering about what
email server for a debian box make sure you check this first!
The only thing I have left to do is hook-up mailman (didn't bother
John Allman wrote:
> For a long, long time now i've been looking to replace our out of date
> mail server with something newer and shinier and easier to maintain.
> And for me, ease of maintenance is synonymous with debian. But, qmail
> isn't in apt (thanks djb for your lovely licence) and if i have a
> debian box, there's no bloody way i'm manually keeping any software
> up-to-date on it. No problem you say - there are a lot of arguably
> better mta's that conveniently *are* in apt.
> But. In order to replace our current server i would also have to
> continue providing everything it did. And on our old server we had
> qmailadmin and vpopmail which made handling email accounts dead easy,
> and more importantly, an administrative task not neccessarily done by
> me. So in our new mail server we needed something similar. We needed a
> mail server which could be managed via the web and protected against
> spam. I also wanted to switch from courier-imap to dovecot, partly
> because i keep hearing great things about it and i wanted to give it a
> try and partly because unlike courier-imap it does not use INBOX as a
> namespace and you dont have to make all your mail folders
> subdirectories of your inbox.
> Enter vexim (http://silverwraith.com/vexim/). Now vexim doesn't claim
> to support dovecot, but it does have the option of using postgres as a
> database. So i figured (correctly) that getting it working wouldn't be
> too hard. I highly recommend this to anyone on the list. It's pretty
> and it does what it says on the tin perfectly. I now have a mail
> system with everything i wanted and then some. I now have an
> honest-to-god virus scanner working at smtp time (clamav). I can now
> manage which accounts should and should not be scanned for viruses and
> spam. I can choose on a per-account basis the spam score at which
> mails get flagged as spam and at what score they just get rejected.
> And there's more. If you're interested - go have a look!
> For anyone trying to do what i did, i posted to the vexim list
> with some helpful pointers. It wont get you all the way there, but
> it'll get you close. If anyone tries it and gets stuck, feel free to
> send me a mail off-list.
> Anyway - i just thought i'd share it with you as it's a bloody handy
> little tool.
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