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(I am a Linux only user & MELT software developer, and use Linux since kernel 0.99.15 e.g. the previous century)

I have a VPS host ovh.starynkevitch.net (running Linux) which is also the MX host for my email. It is getting emails only for less than a dozen users (my relatives, i.e. kids, grand-children, wife). So a quite small traffic. the MTA is exim4 ...

I specifically don't want to use gmail

I have secure ssh (public-key, so without passwords) access to that machine (from every -latop or desktop machine I am working on).

I want to be able to read (and post, but SMTP forwarding is not an issue) my email thru it. Up to now, I forwarded my email (to some home server). In practice, I want to run some graphical MUA (e.g. sylpheed or evolution ...) because I am tired of mutt...

I also want to be able to use some spam filter like spamoracle; it has to run on my VPS host (not locally on the MUA machines). And I need to conveniently be able (with a single keystroke!) to improve (by the usual machine learning techniques) its filtering.

I was thinking of installing some IMAP server (like the imapd from GNU mailutils). But then, it is less easy to use spamoracle with it.

I thought of:

  1. Using imapd above SSL or some other secure transport. But then I am not familiar with the configuration, and I have no idea if the SSL should be related to my ssh settings or not.

  2. doing port redirection with ssh

Any hints or some other solutions?

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    What about a web MUA like roundcube serving IMAP mail boxes (and all webmails have plugins for spam filtering or integration with spam filtering frameworks)? – Stéphane Chazelas Aug 18 '14 at 19:30
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    If all you want is tunnel through ssh, you can use -D and configure your MUA to use a SOCKS proxy. – Stéphane Chazelas Aug 18 '14 at 19:31

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