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====== E-Mail, Basics ======
This tutorial covers the basics of accessing E-mail on SDF. Topics include command-line and remote access. Configuration of mail retrieval programs ("fetchmail", "getmail") and Mail User Agents (such as Mozilla Thunderbird) will also be covered.
==== Contents ====
- [[#intro|Introduction, and what this is //not//]]
- [[#reading|Reading E-mail on SDF]]
- [[#fetch|Fetching E-Mail with "fetchmail" or "getmail"]]
- [[#webmail|Accessing SDF E-mail via Webmail]]
- [[#guimua|Configuring Graphical Mail User Agents]]
- [[#ios|Configuring Mail in iOS (as a MetaARPA member)]]
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===== [[|Introduction, and what you //will not// find here]] =====
For basic info about e-mail (addresses, reader programs, file size, etc), please read the corresponding [[http://sdf.lonestar.org/index.cgi?faq?EMAIL|FAQ]] entry. Continue reading for more information about using E-mail services at SDF.
If you want to use a SDF's SMTP server to send mail, you must either log in and use one of the clients as described in [[http://sdf.org?tutorials/e-mail-beginners|the previous tutorial]], or register at an appropriate [[http://sdf.lonestar.org/index.cgi?faq?MEMBERS?01|membership level]] (VPM, VHOST, or MetaARPA) and [[http://sdf.org?tutorials/smtpauth|connect using SMTP AUTH]].
===== [[|Reading E-Mail on SDF]] =====
Multiple mail clients are available to be used from the shell, including "pine" and "mutt".
===== [[|Fetching E-Mail with "fetchmail", "getmail" or "offlineimap"]] =====
==== [[|Sample ".fetchmailrc"]] ====
You can use "fetchmail" to retrieve messages from your SDF account. The "fetchmail" example below is configured to use POP3 to retrieve E-mail. Note that this configuration does not use SSL. Also note that you will need to provide your user names and the path to procmail. You may omit the "pass" line to be prompted for your password. "fetchmail" can be run in //daemon// mode to retrieve mail at a desired interval: "fetchmail -d 900".
poll wm.sdf.org
proto pop3
user "sdf.username"
pass "secret"
is "local.username" here
mda "/path/to/procmail -f- ~/.procmailrc";
==== [[|Sample ".getmail/sdf"]] ====
"wm.sdf.org" supports IMAPs in addition to POP3. This configuration //will// use SSL. A IMAP configuration (sans SSL) is commented out below. Use "getmail" to collect messages. Note that you will have to provide local and remote user names and you will be prompted for your password. Also note that this configuration uses procmail as a delivery agent.
[destination]
type=MDA_external
path=/usr/bin/procmail
arguments=("-dlocal.username",)
[options]
read_all=False
delete=False
[retriever]
type=SimpleIMAPSSLRetriever
#type=SimpleIMAPRetriever
server=wm.sdf.org
username=remote.username
#password=
port=993
#port=143
You could alternatively configure, for instance, a Maildir destination if you would prefer not to use "procmail":
[destination]
type = Maildir
path = ~/Maildir/
==== [[|Sample ".offlineimaprc"]] ====
Another option to retrive E-mail is "offlineimap". The example below uses it to retrive messages with IMAP, using SSL for encryption, and storing them in Maildir format. The first option "accounts" contain a comma separated list of accounts to sync, "acc1" and "acc2" are given as an example, they are not needed if you are only syncing the sdf account. You may also need to adjust the value of "cert_fingerprint" from time to time.
accounts = acc1,acc2,sdf
[Account sdf]
localrepository = sdf-local
remoterepository = sdf-remote
[Repository sdf-local]
type = Maildir
localfolders = ~/Maildir
restoreatime = no
[Repository sdf-remote]
type = IMAP
ssl = yes
cert_fingerprint = 204b2c6188ce0d38fa1eb3e5db6e88af4e05f868
remotehost = mx.sdf.org
remoteport = 993
remoteuser = isf
===== [[|Accessing SDF E-mail via Webmail ]] =====
General users visit [[https://wm.sdf.org|wm.sdf.org]], MetaARPA members visit [[https://ma.sdf.org|ma.sdf.org]] if you've forwarded your mail to the MetaArray.
===== [[|Configuring Graphical Mail User Agents]] =====
==== Mozilla Thunderbird Configuration ====
//Server Settings// Server Type: IMAP Mail Server \\ Server Name: mx.sdf.org \\ Port: 993 \\ User Name: remote.username \\
//Security Settings// Connection security: SSL/TLS \\ Use secure authentication: (unchecked) \\
==== Apple Mail ====
Mail » Preferences » Accounts \\ Click +
Enter your name and SDF E-mail address, then click "Continue".
//Incoming Mail Server// Account Type: IMAP \\ Description: SDF \\ Incoming Mail Server: mx.sdf.org \\ User Name: remote.username \\ Password: remote.password \\ Click "Continue"
Use your ISP's SMTP server for outgoing mail - unless you opt for an SDF membership level that allows SMTP, in which case see the [[http://sdf.org?tutorials/smtpauth|smtpauth tutorial]]. \\ Click "Continue"
You should now see an account summary page. Verify the summary and click "Create". \\ You can now return to the Accounts preferences, select "Advanced", and if necessary add:\\ IMAP Path Prefix: INBOX \\
==== Outlook 365 for Windows 10 ====
This one's not as obvious as you'd think. You'll need to close Outlook to begin with, and run this command. Click Start and then type:
outlook.exe /manageprofiles
then click on __E__mail Accounts... » New... » Manual setup or additional server type » Next » POP or IMAP » then fill in the form:
Your Name: Filbert Exampleton\\ Email Address: efilbert@sdf.org\\ Account Type: IMAP\\ Incoming mail server: mx.sdf.org\\ Outgoing mail server: fill this in with a valid SMTP\\ User Name: efilbert\\ Password: ednaedison123\\
then click More Settings... » Outgoing Server » My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication » Log on using » fill in the fields witn your smtp » OK » next
Outlook will perform a connection test, and after it passes, you can exit the wizard and configuration program. When you start Outlook back up, the SDF mail account should appear. What a friggin headache.
==== [[|Configuring Mail in iOS (as a MetaARPA member)]] ====
This can likely be done as an ARPA member, refer to system help or "bboard" for more information.
* Open **Settings** and select **Mail, Contacts, and Calendars**
* Select **Add Account**, then **Other**
* Select **Add Mail Account** and fill in the relevant information.
Automatic setup will fail. Once prompted, enter the following server information:
* Incoming Mail Server
* Host Name: "wm.sdf.org"
* User Name: "your sdf username"
* Password: "your sdf password"
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