[tpop3d-discuss] tpop3d, sendmail and owner of mailbox

Paul Warren pdw at ex-parrot.com
Wed, 14 Nov 2001 09:36:09 +0000

On Wed, Nov 14, 2001 at 12:42:11AM +0100, Zdenek Pizl wrote:
> hmm, everything above is clear for me. A big problem for me 
> is that i am running sendmail. This MTA writes every mail 
> into ONE directory, one file per user. There is no domain 
> mail on my system ...
> Could you explain me how to set this ? I am still thinking 
> that using sendmail it means every mailbox in 
> /var/spool/mail is owned by particular users (even they 
> could be from the same virt. domain).

If you don't have any virtual email domains then the setup should be
straight forward.  You don't need to use MySQL at all - you just need to
configure tpop3d to use "auth-pam" as its authentication mechanism.

I've copied this back to the list, because I don't actually have any
experience of configuring tpop3d...

> > Under many setups this is not important, and it is
> > probably easier to have all virtual mail spools owned by
> > the same user e.g. mail.
> on my system each user owns his mailbox himself (uff, my 
> english is not good :( ). There is no general owner for 
> this.

That's fine.  That's the normal setup for non-virtual email.

> > Out of interest, why do you use sendmail?
> :o) yes this is a basic question. Because it suits my 
> needs, and i have no time to study e.g. exim. But i am 
> preparing for it ...

Fair enough :-)

I'm still searching for someone who has actively chosen to use sendmail
over the alternatives.  I used sendmail for a bit and always found it a
bit of a pain.  I then switched to Exim (via qmail) and couldn't
understand why sendmail made everything so difficult...