1. If you did not add postfix and system-switch-mail-gnome during the CentOS installation, you can add it now using Package Manager tool.
Switch to Postfix from Sendmail
By default, Sendmail is the active SMTP server. Here’s how to change it.
1. Click System, select Administration, and click Mail Transport Agent Switcher. This will launch the system-switch-mail window.
2. In the system-switch-mail window, select Postfix and click Ok.
1. Click Applications, select System Tools then click File Browser. This will launch the File Browser window.
2. In the Location field, type in /etc/postfix and press Enter. If you don’t see the Location field, click the notepad button to toggle to text-based location bar.
3. Double click on the file main.cf to open it for editing. We need to make it listen to network request, accept mails bound to our domain and use maildir which is a better mailbox format than mbox the default.
Find the following keys and change its values as follows
inet_interfaces = all mydestination = $myhostname, localhost.$mydomain, localhost, $mydomain home_mailbox = Maildir/
In main.cf, lines starting with # are comments. Save the file after completing your changes.
Make sure that all mail_spool_directory lines are commented out. Otherwise, it will override the setting in the home_mailbox line above.
4. Restart the postfix service. Learn how to restart services here.
1. Click Applications, select Accessories, and click Terminal. This will launch the Terminal window.
2. In the Terminal window, type in the highlighted commands below.
Sample postfix session. Replace johndoe with any valid user account. The dot after the line test is a command that should be typed in.
If you need to add new user accounts, learn how to add or remove user accounts here.
[root@mail ~]# telnet localhost smtp Trying 127.0.0.1... Connected to localhost.localdomain (127.0.0.1). Escape character is '^]'. 220 mail.acme.local ESMTP Postfix ehlo host 250-mail.acme.local 250-PIPELINING 250-SIZE 10240000 250-VRFY 250-ETRN 250-ENHANCEDSTATUSCODES 250-8BITMIME 250 DSN mail from: johndoe 250 2.1.0 Ok rcpt to: johndoe 250 2.1.5 Ok data 354 End data with <CR><LF>.<CR><LF> test . 250 2.0.0 Ok: queued as 9729067C17 quit 221 2.0.0 Bye Connection closed by foreign host. [root@mail ~]#
To check if the mail indeed exists
[root@mail ~]# cd /home/johndoe/Maildir/new [root@mail new]# ls 1185669817.Vfd00I18012M795756.mail.acme.local [root@mail new]# cat 1185669817.Vfd00I18012M795756.mail.acme.local
Don’t worry, you don’t have to type in the whole filename above. Just type in the first few characters say 118 then press Tab to activate automatic completion.
From firstname.lastname@example.org Thu Feb 22 21:48:28 2007 Return-Path: <email@example.com> X-Original-To: johndoe Delivered-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Received: from localhost.localdomain (localhost.localdomain [127.0.0.1]) by mail.acme.local (Postfix) with SMTP id 9729067C17 for <johndoe>; Thu, 22 Feb 2007 21:48:26 -0500 (EST) Message-Id: <20070222134827.9729067C17@mail.acme.local> Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2007 21:48:26 -0500 (EST) From: email@example.com To: undisclosed-recipients:; test [root@mail mail]#
If you encounter any problems, check the log file at /var/log/maillog.
Review your Postfix aliases configuration file. There are some predefined email aliases that might conflict with your existing mail accounts like sales, marketing, info, etc.