View Full Version : Looking for a good mail server HOW-TO

15th May 2004, 09:22 PM
Ok here is what I am trying to accomplish with FC...

I do not want to run a fully functionall mail server, in the sense of having my ISP add MX records and CNAMES to the box. What I want to do is download the mail from our mail providers server onto mine. Then scan it for viruses and spam. And have the users in my LAN access the LAN mail server using suqirrel mail or a desktop mail client. Is this even possible? The reason why I do not want to have a fully functional mail server is security risks and frankly do not want the overhead of worrying about that mail server crashing. If this box were to go down, we can still access the mail via our mail provider, this is in a sense just another degree to cut out spam and viruses.

I've been reading HOW-TOs for courier, postfix, fetchmail, squirrell mail, clam anti-virus...but I'm just confused on what should be working hand in hand. Could someone help clarify or point me in the direction of a good HOW-TO.

Thanks! :)

17th May 2004, 03:15 PM
You can do it ..

I've used this method successfuly with sendmail, clamav, filescan, mimedefang, spamassassin, fetchmail, squirrelmail and it works extremely well !!

Read this how-to setup mimedefang

Whilst it's not a complete guide, hopefully it'll get you started & point you in the right direciton.

17th May 2004, 05:23 PM
Excellent, I will look into it. And if anyone has any other reccomendations feel free to blurt them out! :D

24th July 2004, 08:28 AM
Another good tutorial:


I tried this tutorial, but I can get this working well.

If anyone would like to publish a detailed how-to based on this I think would be great!

30th July 2004, 08:03 PM
what about qmail? if u wanna keep the installation as simple as possible try


just take a look in "Technical Specifications"
i have a FC1-server and it just works :)

1st August 2004, 10:53 PM
Actually, the simplest I've found is eXtremail ('http://www.extremail.com'). You can literally be up and running within minutes with just about every kind of security on your mail server known to mankind...

12th August 2004, 03:34 PM
You didn't have any problems getting Extremail started? Whenever I try to start it, I just get "Errors starting eXtremail server", with no more info to go on. I've had no luck with it at all.

13th August 2004, 03:46 AM
The downside of extreMail is that you have to be root to start it...

13th August 2004, 05:19 PM
I'm root right now, but still having issues getting it started. I found the line
"And check if any daemon is already listening on the port 25. If it is so, deactivate the daemon at start up (on the rc files) or simple uninstall the mail server, if you believe you are not going to use it anymore." in the manual which I think is related...

When I do a netstat -anp | grep 25, I get
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 1791/xinetd
tcp 0 0* LISTEN 2733/master

Which I do belive means that something is listening on port 25 (master). So what the heck is master? And where do I disable it?

Can ya tell I'm a linux newb? I've been stumbling around through unix for years, especially now with OSX, but half the time I feel like a genius and half the time I feel like an idiot! Can you shed some light on this one for me?

13th August 2004, 06:38 PM
awesome... i got extremail to work
name@name.com rules...

my first hurdle teach42 was installing the package which required
rpm --nodeps -ivh eXtremail*.rpm

look in /etc/rc5.d if you have a graphical startup -or- /etc/rc3.d if you have a command line startup

look for a file like S##smtp

14th August 2004, 02:16 AM
what about qmail? if u wanna keep the installation as simple as possible try


just take a look in "Technical Specifications"
i have a FC1-server and it just works :)

do you download all the rpm's or the rpm with the combination you want?

14th August 2004, 03:42 AM
look for a file like S##smtp
Oh, yeah - you have to uninstall sendmail first. Sorry 'bout that.

P. S. Just "randomly" deleting "start" files in /etc/rc.# is a good way to prevent a system from starting properly. If you must enable/disable system services, use the GUI or try "chkconfig" from a command-line.

14th August 2004, 03:53 AM
hey, i didnt suggest to delete it...
if you want a web interface, webXtremail works quite well, it is based on squirrelmail, but configured to work easily with eXtremail
it took me 5 minutes to set it up on top of eXtremail

30th August 2004, 01:01 PM
Has Qmail have a Control pannel has well as web mail ?

I'm looking at setting up email server as well, and i dont real know where to start. OS is Fedora Core 2.

I've used linux for some time and i've only ever had probs with MySQL as in setting up users to certain db
and the other is setting up an email server.


30th August 2004, 03:34 PM

I've been playing around with some stuff and come up with a combination of fetchmail, sendmail, clamav, mailscanner and openwebmail and webmin for administration. You could use squirrelmail & dovecot as well.

Just use the RPMS on the mailscanner site

Install ClamAV binaries from

Install webmin ( use dag repository if you like or set it up yourself )

Openweb mail packages from
and these are needed

You'll need to read and edit the config files to suit .. it's not that hard.

Then test your mailserver with www.testvirus.org .. Mailscanner / Clamav should block them.

26th October 2004, 01:40 AM
Well, I finally get running my own mail server, with a lot of functions, I tried this searching web and I have never saw a great tutorial like this with a lot of details. Just copy and paste and edit some config files.

25th March 2005, 12:37 AM
Curious. I'm directing to this reply to the chap(s) running webXtremail.

I tried downloading it today and seems to be down. Could you kindly post the rpm for me to download? I'm not sure when they'll get it back up? Thanks in advance!

Or you can email me the package? cle.arodef[at]clrb.net.