From: Adrian Wells [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, December 21, 2000 11:06 AM
To: Simon Wood; Schools List
Subject: Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Router IP addresses
Would James need a permanent connection to do this rather than a dial-up?
otherwise mail would be returned if he is not visible to the net.
Yes, you could try it on a dial up (if it were up enough of the time), but the senders
machine would try to deliver and fail, it would probably enforce a timed wait before
trying again. These waits could mean that it would never try at the same time that you
were connected, and eventually the email would be returned to sender as undeliverable.
What I would like to do at home is use a POP3 dial-up
Freeserve which allows anything@domain and is free) as though it were SMTP
and segregate the mail for different users. Has anyone done this?
This is standard practice using Fetchmail. Assuming that you are linux based at home...
Lots of info on Fetchmail URL http://www.tuxedo.org/~esr/fetchmail/
Example configure file (.fetchmailrc) goes something like, though there are probably many
ways to do it
proto POP3 username mailaccount password mailpassword
user rod is user1 here
user jane is user2 here
user freddy is user3 here
This will grab all email in the 'mailaccount' POP3 mailbox, look who it is for
& adjust names if necessary and throw it at your local Mail Transfer Agent (MTA,
sendmail, exim. etc.)
rod(a)mailaccount.isp.com will got to user1. etc.
I use this feature to provide mapping of real names to user names, i.e
"simon.wood" -> user "simon"
Hope this is helpful,
PS. I had the mispleasure of using freeserve (in PC world to look up Monitor spec) last
sunday, and it was dog slow.... you might be pleased with the other 'free'
ISP's. Personally I use uklinux.net
and would recomend it.