Set up a mail server

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To set up a mail server, you must first be clear

  • what an MTA is
  • what a MUA is
  • what imap is
  • what pop is
  • what smtp is
  • what an MX record is
  • what sendmail is

To explain all this, here is a little story how a mail sending and receiving process could take place: Alice wants to write a mail to Bob. Alice uses kmail as mail program. kmail is her mail user agent, her MUA. She writes to Bob whose address is Of course, the content of her mail is secret so we won't tell it here. After she clicks "send", her MUA transmits the mail to Alice's outgoing mail server. This mailserver has a little program on it called sendmail.