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Joined: 26 Apr 2004
Posts: 110
Location: RI, USA

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm totally TOTALLY tired of trying to get mail to work. I've tried setting up mail on multiple different computers multiple different times (until i get too frustrated to continue) I followed this tutorial, and about a dozen others and it just ISN'T working. Here is my

queue_directory = /var/spool/postfix
command_directory = /usr/sbin
daemon_directory = /usr/lib/postfix
mail_owner = postfix
myhostname = localhost
mydomain = localdomain
inet_interfaces = $myhostname, localhost
mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$localdomain
unknown_local_recipient_reject_code = 550
home_mailbox = Mail/
debug_peer_level = 2
debugger_command =
xxgdb $daemon_directory/$process_name $process_id & sleep 5
sendmail_path = /usr/sbin/sendmail
newaliases_path = /usr/bin/newaliases
mailq_path = /usr/bin/mailq
setgid_group = postdrop
html_directory = no
manpage_directory = /usr/share/man
sample_directory = /etc/postfix
readme_directory = /usr/share/doc/postfix-2.1.5-r2/readme
default_destination_concurrency_limit = 2
alias_database = hash:/etc/mail/aliases
local_destination_concurrency_limit = 2
alias_maps = hash:/etc/mail/aliases

I really dont even know whats going on with the thing but it says i have no mail when i type mail, and also nothing is in the maildir and i'm totally stumped.
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Joined: 11 Dec 2002
Posts: 468
Location: Seattle

PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2005 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try making the maildirectory if its not there, and create an empty file, probably has to be your username, or the one the mail goes to, and then change the permissions on that file so it is accessible by your user. Also, I remember doing this a couple of months ago upgrading postfix, but there may be a line down at the end of the "" file that conflicts with the settings you make using this tip. Don't give up, read the man pages, and ask in irc sometimes for help. The more specific your question is, the more likely you'll get an answer that helps. Start with small steps to get things working, work out one problem at a time, and eventually you'll reach your main problem.. witch seems to me that you can't get your local mail working. Every tutorial on these forums is different, so stick to one method, if you jump around trying everyone's different configurations at once, of course it won't work. Try asking us a more specific question, then we can try (and be more willing) to help you out.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 31, 2005 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: Another local mail guide (by Spider) Reply with quote

danpixley wrote:
I have also found this guide helpful for setting up local mail only:


i love your post, i forgot to emerge procmail
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Joined: 17 Feb 2005
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Location: Louisiana

PostPosted: Wed Feb 14, 2007 12:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote


This is exactly the thread I've been seeking, but my efforts to get things working have been thwarted, so far (likely due to my own ignorance)!

I know it's been a long while since a post to this thread, but I'm hopeful someone will lend me an ear...

Postfix setup and launch went according to plan.

Things then fell apart when I attempted following the setup instructions for Sypheed (because I don't have KDE or Kmail on the machine already).

The first issue was discovering a lack of the 2 courier-imap files needing to be edited:


edit /etc/courier-imap/authdaemond.conf



edit /etc/courier-imap/authdaemonrc


I had to fabricate those files manually, and place in each the code suggested. (That was likely the first error I made!)

Having setup Sypheed, as best I could, trying both cgmd@localhost.localdomain as well as root@localhost.localdomain, and then composing a message to myself and sending it, results in the message going off and disappearing. :(

If I then try to check messages, I get the following error in my terminal:
(sylpheed:30142): Sylpheed-CRITICAL **: folderview_check_new_item: assertion `item != NULL' failed

What can I do to troubleshoot this?

Anyone with suggestions??

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