I've been experimenting with just this on a small LAN in the office. If you
use qmail it generally stores messages in the Unix mailbox fashion, hence all
messages in a single file called Mailbox, or whatever. There is an option to
use the maildir approach where each is stored as a separate file in a
directory. In addition there is a small qmail program which may be called
before Pine, for instance, and transfers the messages from the maildir to a
mailbox file, thus providing compatiblity in both respects.
If you set up the pop3 server, the users can telnet in and use the mail
client, such as Pine, and retrieve their mail. But they can also use pop3
and get it without having to telnet. This will work for Windows(ugg!) boxes
as well as other Linux users whose mail clients use the maildir format, the
mail being sent from the maildir.
Hope this isn't too contorted, but qmail will handle what you wish to do.
I could discuss what I have done further off channel if you wish.
>I want to provide some users who can use pop3 accounts but they can't use
>telnet and ftp and anything except pop3.
>The situation is there exists some users who can use telnet and ftp in the
>system. So there is a mix of different users in the system. I think I will
>use qmail instead of sendmail. I want to know which solution(easy to
>setup,manage,secure) is the best to handle these users.
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