The Book Of Imap: Building a Mail Server with Courier and Cyrus by Peer HeinleinThe Book Of Imap: Building a Mail Server with Courier and Cyrus by Peer Heinlein

The Book Of Imap: Building a Mail Server with Courier and Cyrus

byPeer Heinlein, Peer Hartleben

Paperback | May 1, 2008

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IMAP (the Internet Message Access Protocol) allows clients to access their email on a remote server, whether from the office, a remote location, or a cell phone or other device. IMAP is powerful and flexible, but it's also complicated to set up; it's more difficult to implement than POP3 and more error-prone for both client and server.

The Book of IMAPoffers a detailed introduction to IMAP and POP3, the two protocols that govern all modern mail servers and clients. You'll learn how the protocols work as well as how to install, configure, and maintain the two most popular open source mail systems, Courier and Cyrus.

Authors Peer Heinlein and Peer Hartleben have set up hundreds of mail servers and offer practical hints about troubleshooting errors, migration, filesystem tuning, cluster setups, and password security that will help you extricate yourself from all sorts of tricky situations. You'll also learn how to:

  • Create and use shared folders, virtual domains, and user quotas
  • Authenticate user data with PAM, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and LDAP
  • Handle heavy traffic with load balancers and proxies
  • Use built-in tools for server analysis, maintenance, and repairs
  • Implement complementary webmail clients like Squirrelmail and Horde/IMP
  • Set up and use the Sieve email filter

    Thoroughly commented references to the POP and IMAP protocols round out the book, makingThe Book of IMAPan essential resource for even the most experienced system administrators.

  • Peer Heinlein has been operating an independent ISP in Berlin with his colleagues since 1992. He specializes in mail servers of various sizes and enjoys ambitious Linux projects. He shares his experience in books and trainings.
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    Title:The Book Of Imap: Building a Mail Server with Courier and CyrusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 1.02 inPublished:May 1, 2008Publisher:No Starch PressLanguage:English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10:1593271778

    ISBN - 13:9781593271770

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    Table of Contents

    Introduction
    PART 1: How to Set Up and Maintain IMAP Servers
    Chapter 1: Protocols and Terms
    Chapter 2: POP3 and IMAP at the Protocol Level
    Chapter 3: Load Distribution and Reliability
    Chapter 4: Selecting a Filesystem
    Chapter 5: Complementary Webmail Clients
    Chapter 6: Migrating IMAP Servers
    PART 2: Courier-IMAP
    Chapter 7: Structure and Basic Configuration
    Chapter 8: Maildir as Email Storage Format
    Chapter 9: User Data
    Chapter 10: The Work of a Courier Administrator
    PART 3: Cyrus-IMAP
    Chapter 11: Structure and Basic Configuration
    Chapter 12: A Closer Look at the Configuration Files
    Chapter 13: Authentication and Safeguards
    Chapter 14: Advanced Cyrus Configuration
    Chapter 15: Internal Structure and Modules
    Chapter 16: Cyrus at the Filesystem Level
    Chapter 17: Cyrus in a Cluster
    Appendixes
    Appendix A: IMAP Command Reference
    Appendix B: POP3 Command Reference
    Appendix C: Installing from the Source Code