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I am trying to setup a dbmail-based email server with dbmail+postfix+mysql (and eventually sasl I guess), however I seem to be unable to send or receive any emails. All the log files are blank and no emails are sent or received, but I am able to telnet into the POP/SMTP/IMAP servers both locally on the server and remotely on my laptop.

I have basically followed the dbmail wiki install instructions, however they are not always very clear. (I'm running Debian 6 at the moment)

So, can anyone shed some light on how I might go about getting dbmail up and running? Any practical experience, links to tutorials, general suggestions, etc. would be most appreciated.

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You might have better luck getting help if you change the title of your question to something more like "Cannot Send/Receive in new dbmail installation on Debian 6". Your current title sounds like you are looking for general best practices, but you are having a concrete problem. Hopefully, this will help get more views. You may also want to add a debian tag to the question and a link to the dbmail instructions you attempted to follow. – JamesCW Dec 12 '11 at 16:38
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To get a running DBMail-based mail server, you can:

  1. Setup iRedMail open source mail server solution first on RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux 6. It's simple and easy to setup, just with few clicks.

  2. Integrate DBMail with iRedMail by following this integration tutorial: It's supported by iRedMail team.

Personally, i suggest you try iRedMail first, if you still want a DBMail-based mail server, try step 2. :)

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When diagnosing problems like this it helps to use telnet to connect to the mail server on port 25. The required dialog is specified in RFC2821. This will allow you to quickly determine if your server is responding and what error messages if any it is generating.

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