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Run a local IMAPd server for extra Mail storage
Authored by: dansroka on Jun 09, '04 08:34:52AM

Interesting hint. Thanks guys for explaining the practical use of a local IMAP server. At first, I too was thinking "why would you need that?". But now I see how it actually could be very useful. I have a several-computer home business, and have also been struggling with the "which computer did I download that mail message on to?"

My question is: how stable are these two solutions (Tinker's original hint, and suggestion of using Postfix) with respect to Apple updates? I'd hate to create a mail solution that had the potential for breaking the next time OS X gets updated.

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Postfix configuration
Authored by: sjk on Jun 09, '04 11:28:43PM
I don't know specifically what Postfix Enabler modifies but minimally I'd save a backup of everything in /etc/postfix before and after running it or making any Postfix configuration changes (e.g. using postfix -e ... commands). Same applies for Apple making any unexpected and unwanted updates to its contents that you want to recover from.

Run cd /etc/postfix, then tail -15 and diff to see a couple of Apple's changes.

For the technically inclined, Postfix Basic Configuration is a good starting point.

I hope people setting up e-mail (and other) services have at least minimal interest in understanding what they're doing. :-)

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Postfix configuration
Authored by: tinker on Jun 11, '04 03:45:31PM

Yep. Actually Postfix Enabler said it worked for me but didn't, as I discovered when I tried sending a slew of e-mail, none of which arrived. Then, later, when I enabled Postfix by hand, I started getting responses to those e-mails (!!!) So I've become a big fan of rolling up one's sleeves rather than clicking a button.

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