I have recently set up my mail server with Debian 7.2 (Wheezy), Dovecot, and Postfix, as described in this guide. This is all working fine, and I have installed and configured Roundcube and Postfixadmin and got everything working nicely together.

What I would like to do now is link my normal user account to the mail and sendmail programs so that:

  • mail reads the messages from the inbox for the e-mail account myuser@mydomain.com.
  • sendmail sends messages from myuser@mydomain.com and it copies the sent e-mail into the "Sent Messages" folder of the mailbox of the user myuser@mydomain.com.

Is there an easy way to accomplish this?

  • Are you talking about running those commands from the mail server, or from some other machine? If the latter, then what's the mail setup like on that other machine? – derobert Dec 6 '13 at 19:10
  • On the mail server. – DanielGibbs Dec 6 '13 at 22:10

No, as point 1 cannot be done. mail doesn't do IMAP or POP3 as provided by Dovecot.

(Also once you link your home directory to /usr/bin/mail or /usr/bin/sendmail - can not do both - you not login anymore. do not do that)

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  • Heirloom-mailx (one of the alternatives for mail) does both POP3 and IMAP. – derobert Dec 6 '13 at 19:09
  • I just checked and it turns out that my mail actually ends up running heirloom-mailx! How do I go about setting it up to use IMAP? – DanielGibbs Dec 6 '13 at 22:14

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