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Re: Cyrus IMAP + postfix

Ow Mun Heng schrieb:
I must be daft, I installed my new Home-Net-Server w FC3 (P133 w/128MB
RAM) and opened up Port 25 via DynDNS (I checked, it's not an open
relay, I did the 20 point check via abuse.net IIRC)

Everything works. Then I realised that I don't have a POP/IMAP server
set up. I know I can use dovecot and it works out of the box, but I
wanted to try Cyrus and also switch to postfix (just bought the O'Reilly
book - Postfix - The Definitive Guide, now at Pg 50 of 250) but I'm
looking for an quick Howto to get up and running.

Anyone has any suggestions? (eg: Personal HowTos)

I'm gonna goggle up on it when I get home (where I-Net access is

Ow Mun Heng
Gentoo/Linux on D600 1.4Ghz 98% Microsoft(tm) Free!!
Neuromancer 17:21:57 up 8:11, 5 users, 1.69, 0.86, 0.44

IMHO, postfix is in FC3 (in FC2 it was) prepared for cyrus. So all you have to do is installing postfix and ALL packages for cyrus:


...plus postfix, of course.

after installation, configure postfix secure..(seems you already did this)

do arrange forwarding of e-mail from users in /etc/passwd to their mailboxes. You can add them either in /etc/postfix/aliases or /etc/postfix/virtual. My prefer is virtual (historically ;-)) After adding them into virtual, do postmap virtual, this creates your virtual-database. If you did in aliases, do postmap aliases or newaliases aliases (always in /etc/postfix)...now you have your delivery database. Make sure, if using virtual, you have in /etc/postfix main.cf activated:

for aliases: 'alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/aliases'
for virtual: 'virtual_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual' and 'alias_maps='

now, lets create some mailboxes. call as user cyrus the program like this: 'cyradm localhost' this connects directly to cyrus on your localhost. login with your cyrus-password (there has to be a password specified...)

you'll get a prompt: hostname >

create your mailbox like this: cm user.username
the user. is needed this is the folders default. if you don't put user. in front of your username, cyrus will (in standard-config) not find the mailbox at all. so perhaps, your username will be something like this:

make a ? on the prompt, you will get more out of this.

I think, this should make your cyrus basically working.

Let me know, if problems occur.


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