Ext2: Master your mail 1 - receiving emailJul 28, 1999, 19:29 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bjoern Ganslandt)
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"Even today, where many people equate the Internet with the WWW and everybody talks about multimedia, email is one of the most utilized Internet services. Configuring this service under Linux can be tricky, especially if a dialup Internet connection is used."
"Usually sendmail is used as MTA (Mail Transfer Agent) under Linux. It receives incoming email and delivers them to the users on the host. But if the host is not connected to the Internet all the time, sendmail can't accept all incoming email. In this case another server, which is online 24 hours, has to accept the email instead. Usually, this is the mail server of your ISP. But the mailserver of your ISP can't deliver the email to the users on the local host, so the mail has to be transfered from the mailserver to sendmail. This is the job of fetchmail. It connects to the mailserver, fetches the mail and then hands it over to sendmail."
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