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Product details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; Pap/Cdr edition (18 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672319454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672319457
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 18.6 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,334,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Running qmail will enable you to install and operate an Internet email server on your local network without having to buy an expensive commercial email system and pay for user licenses. This book includes on CD the qmail email software package, which is in wide use on the Internet without any books documenting how to install, configure, and operate the email server effectively. There are step-by-step examples detailing the installation and configuration of qmail along with reference based chapters pertaining to qmail features. The FreeBSD operating system will be utilized to demonstrate concepts throughout the book. After reading this book, network administrators will possess a good understanding of how email is transferred between email hosts and clients in the Internet environment. You will also possess knowledge of how to use the qmail email software package in a standard Unix/Linux environment.

About the Author

Richard Blum has been a network and systems administrator for over 10 years for a large government organization. He has had the opportunity to use Unix/Linux in a network environment as an e-mail server, FTP server, and network monitoring device for at least 5 years. He also has been volunteering for a non-profit organization doing network administration for about 3 years. On this network he has designed and installed a local network file system and an Internet e-mail system for a small 24 user network.

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OK, so the book comes with BSD. I would guess that anyone wanting to install such a major package would know *nix systems quite well enough to do without the 50% of the book that is devoted to the O/S. Good coverage of Linux, BSD and a little Solaris, but that is -not- what is needed!.
The qmail coverage is thus a little thin, and the Internet provides better coverage of such tasks as single UID POP toasters, email-to-fax gateways.
I await the O'Reilly book. Until then , use the Internet and your wits.
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This book is of little use to anyone considering installing qmail.
The information about qmail itself is little more than is included with qmail and a lot less than is available from the qmail website.
The other information, which comprises a significant fraction of the book, is background about MUAs and MTAs that any competent unix admin would know anyway. Since every version of unix ships with a working sendmail these days and only an ISP would need to consider switching from sendmail to qmail, this is needless filler material designed to add pages and increase the price.
I bought Running Qmail in the days when everyone was waiting for Dave Sill's Qmail Handbook to appear and immediately regretted it. Dave Sill's on-line "My Life with Qmail" is far more use than this book, so I will be buying the Qmail Handbook and relegating Running Qmail to the circular filing cabinet.
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The documentation for Qmail is more than adequate, and what the documentation doesn't cover, the web will provide. I bought this book years ago, thumbed through it, then went back to the documentation and web resources.
Qmail isn't a tricky system to set up. Any *nix admin worth their salt can easily do it. The book is well produced, and I suppose it looks good on the bookcase for when a client drops in. Other than that, RTFD!
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If you are going to setup a mailserver on a unix like platform and do anything that is at all unusual a book often helps - If only because the index is usually much better than trying to search through man pages or html files.
This book has a good index, covers lots of the technical issues about running a qmail installation well and has enough background information where appropriate to prevent the reader from having to dive into other books to find out about more general requirements like DNS, mailbox formats etc. Overall it is a good book which was sorely needed and is at a good price too...
The book comes with a FreeBSD 4.0 distribution and qmail source on an enclosed CD. Despite this the text is not aimed only at the FreeBSD user but is equally good for linux since the differences between both O/S's are highlighted throughout the book where necessary. Users of other O/S's are not left completely high and dry since the explanation of the features used is usually quite good.
qmail is substantially simpler to configure than sendmail so this book had an easier brief than the "bat book" but this is much simpler, better layed out and more pleasurable to read than that reference- I had a working qmail installation in very little time at all and unlike sendmail I had a confident feeling that I knew what I was doing and that there was no smoke and mirrors involved...
It will be interesting to see how well both the book and qmail survive on my server but I am very pleased with both at present...
Andrew Leggetter
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This book gives a good introduction to e-mail and how to setup an e-mail server using qmail. It gives details how to migrate an existing sendmail server to qmail. It also gives in-depth chapters in setting up qmail in two useful situations (an ISP mail server and an office mail server).
Also included is information about UUCP and dialup software in relation to providing e-mail services.
To summarize, worth reading if you want to use qmail, but also gives an introduction to the basic ideas and protocols.
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