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The qmail Handbook [Paperback]

Dave Sill
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Oct. 19 2001 1893115402 978-1893115408 1st ed. 2001. Corr. 2nd printing

It covers everything from how email works, to how daemontools work, to how qmail works, gluing it all together, then showing you how to start adding features to it like spam control and remote access.

— Joe Topjian, Adminspotting.net

The qmail Handbook is designed to guide system and mail administrators of all skill levels through the installation, configuration, and maintenance of the qmail server. Author Dave Sill, a long-time qmail user, system administrator, and technical support agent (as well as the author of the popular online tutorial "Life with qmail"), provides you with the practical tools to work with this popular mail server.

Sill begins with a discussion of qmails architecture and features, and then delves into a thorough investigation of the installation and configuration processes. Youll learn how to install qmail on several operating systems, and gain valuable insight into proper configuartion, testing procedures, and performance tuning. Youll also learn how to administer users and mail, install filters, and oversee daily qmail operation and maintenance. Throughout, Sill focuses on topics essential to all mail administrators, elaborating on such subjects as configuring mailing list managers, controlling spam, secure networking, scanning for viruses, hosting virtual domains and users, and creating dial-up clients.

The qmail Handbook is the ultimate resource for administrators and developers needing to master the functionality of this powerful software.


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Dave Sill is a professional system administrator and technical support engineer with more than 15 years of experience. He's been using qmail since its first public release in 1996, and he's the author of the popular online qmail guide titled "Life with qmail." He's also an active contributor to online qmail support groups, including the qmail mailing list and Usenet newsgroup.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Need to setup qmail? Start here. Jan. 15 2002
Format:Paperback
This book is exactly what it say it is, a qmail handbook.

Using this book, I was able to setup qmail and get it running without a hitch. I loved the layout of the book. Basically Sill gets right down to the task of why you bought the book- installing qmail. You can read "ahead" on the chapters and then walk through or you can simply walk through the book following the chapters and install qmail. The Appendices at the end where great. I personally suggest reading through these BEFORE you start the 1st chapter, but that is my own prefference.

The Appendices cover topics like "How qmail works", "qmail features", "Gotchas", etc. However, they are appendices so you can read them if you want to. Unlike the Sendmail bat book, where you have to wade through understanding internet mail and such, these are at the end in Sills book. It is a matter of prefference, but I would still recommend you read them (Especially the part on how qmail works!!!).

If you are new to qmail, and need to setup a server without straining you eyes on a computer screen, this is the book you need. It covers using qmail as your imap/pop server, as a external mail relay (a must for keeping your internal Exchange server secure), mailing lists, anti-spam, webmail, and many more features. This is really the only book you need if you are running qmail.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A qmail 'must have' Dec 30 2001
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Great book! One of the few books (of the hundreds I have) that actually contains useful information. You really -can- install and run qmail with this book. Follow along closely (check your spelling and case!! (I know)). Source from the book (all of the scripts and startup file) is available at the publisher ... This book has a great explanation of -how- qmail works, information on virtual domains, web mail, and pop servers that is a practical guide, not just the usual "find it on the web and figure it out" that many other linux books seem to rely on. Some of the book is based on the 'life with qmail' documentation that the same author wrote, but with much better explanations and further examples of why you should do it 'this way' instead of 'that way'. The "LWQ" and all of the qmail source and other information is available ... The author has been most generous with his time by helping out on the qmail newsgroup alt.comp.mail.qmail. You can not go wrong having this book, a very good investment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Qmail made much easier with this book Oct. 10 2002
By Dave
Format:Paperback
After a month, and hours of installing and reinstalling FreeBSD and Qmail, I finally got the mail server working right! This was my first attempt at a mail server which I use for my family members and a few friends. There are a few errors in the book in some of the scripts which did cause me many problems. That was a pain. But, even at that, I don't think I would have been able to get Qmail running without this book. It is a great book for a person like me who is always doing something a bit over my head.
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I had 2 days to get a proper Unix-style mail system up and running at work-- even though I had never done anything in Linux past clicking next-next-next in a Red Hat install. This book not only made it easy to install and administer qmail, it actually made me a fan of the qmail software. I've never worked with anything that made so much sense. I am a Windows programmer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Guide Feb. 26 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I just finished setting up a mail server at home and this book really made it simple. I'm not a novice, so I can't speak to it's ease of use, but the steps were simple, and a bit verbose and repetitive, but overall the book was invaluable.
I also needed DNS and BIND to get everything working just the way I wanted, so I'd buy them both.
Tim
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holds your hand throughout the installation. Nov. 18 2001
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David Sill is the author of the online resource, life with qmail. This book delves a little deeper, with enough additional information that I highly recommend this book. Anyone with little or no experience with a unix MTA, will greatly appreciate this book - it will make your life and installation a breeze. This is the qmail bible.
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