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Putting it all together

3. Putting it all together

3.5. Starting the daemons

Starting the Qmail daemon. Qmail installs itself to autostart by some mysterious (to me) way. If you like init scripts you can get Larry Doolittle's (ldoolitta@ajlab.org) init.d script at http://qmail.area.com/init.d-script If you have the Larry's init.d script just do this.
  /etc/rc.d/init.d/qmail start

Start VMailMgr daemon
  /etc/rc.d/init.d/vmailmgrd start

Start Courier-imap damon
  /etc/rc.d/init.d/courier-imap start

3.6. Some considerations left

Qmail and the Maildirs may cause some email apps that run locally to not work. Visit the Qmail website http://www.qmail.org for details on email apps that have been patched to work with Maildirs.

Courier-imap is not as widely used as Cyrus or UWash imap servers. As such, you may suffer from minor incompatibilities. Courier-imap is extremely well written, and tries to comply with the imap definition even if it means some imap clients wont work well. For details visit the Courier-imap website http://www.inter7.com/courierimap/.

3.7. Mail clients

With the solution you should now have setup you will need to know that user accounts will be user@domain.com Netscape does not like this, so for netscape use user:domain.com

I would like to suggest that you also checkout phpGroupWare at http://www.phpgroupware.org. I have built in support for vmailmgr into it already and it can give you an end result of a full Groupware solution to fend of MS Exchange/Outlook or Lotus Domino.

If you decide to use a web based mail client, you will probably want to adjust courier-imaps MAXPERIP setting. By default it is 4, which is a bit low. Bump it up to something more sensible, like 10 - 50. Otherwise our webmail users will have problems connecting. This setting is in /usr/lib/courier-imap/etc/imapd.