Postfix (Fetchmail and Dovecote) on OSX 10.6.7 ???

Bjarne D Mathiesen macintosh at
Fri Jun 17 03:58:56 PDT 2011

William H. Magill wrote:
>> But what are your ambitions ???
>> Mine are rather extensive, as I need to set up several virtual domains,
>> so it's my intension to use postfix with either mysql5 or postgresql90.
> I run my own domain ...
> My current mail server is an old Dec Alpha running Tru64 Unix and UW/IMAP.
> I also run a webserver on my Mac Mini using the MacPorts Apache2/PHP/MySQL5 installation.
> I assume, but don't know that the on that mini uses postfix to query the Alpha IMAP server
> but don't know how works in that regard.
> If it is using Postfix, I don't know, but assume, it is using the native OSX Postfix as I presently have
> both it and the MacPorts version installed and have not done anything to the OSX installation.

nope -- doesn't use postfix in any way is a MUA (Mail User Agent)
postfix  is a MTA (Mail Transfer Agent)
         completely similiar in fuctionality to sendmail
actually, isn't able to talk to postfix at all unless one
installs a POP3/IMAP server also - this is why one also needs Dovecot

the process is this (simplified):
sending      email : MUA -> MTA
transferring email : MTA -> MTA -> ... -> MTA
receiving    email : MUA <- PO3/IMAP <- MTA
using fetchmail    : MUA <- fetchmail <- POP3/IMAP <- MTA

> magill at
> magill at
> whmagill at

seems you might need to get mail transferred from & as
well ?

Bjarne D Mathiesen
København N ; Danmark ; Europa
denne besked er skrevet i et totalt M$-frit miljø
MacOS X 10.6.7 Snow Leopard ; 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 ; 16GB 1067MHz DDR3

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