Date: Wed, 31 Aug 2005 18:54:18 +0000 (UTC) From: Jim Mirick <jrmpublic@...thlink.net> To: popa3d-users@...ts.openwall.com Subject: Re: connecting via Thunderbird Uwe Dippel <udippel@...> writes: > > Jim Mirick wrote: > > > A little more diagnosis: /var/log/messages has some things from popa3d, as > > when I log on as root and then execute popa3d from the command line to > > look at my mailbox (I say USER JRM etc.). > > Amazing. Now everything is through and said ... . > > Do we agree on some basics here ? Does RHEL eventually start popa3d by > default ? can you do some 'ps ax | grep pop' before and after you start it ? > > And then, what does "I can connect via command line" mean ? what do you > type ? Be specific, please ! > > Did you try to telnet from the client (the one you run Thunderbird on) > to the server ? > > What distro does the client (the one running Thunderbird) use ? Also > RedHat ? > It might help you could install nmap on that machine and then issue some > 'nmap -v 184.108.40.206' (replace 220.127.116.11 with the IP of the > server). > > And add the 'some things from popa3d' for us to see, please ! > > > However, if I log on to Linux as JRM and try to execute popa3d it says > > "command not found", even if I cd to /usr/sbin where the executable is. > > Try to run it as root, instead ! > > By now I could as well suggest to de-install and purge all configuration > (no idea how to do on RedHat, sorry), and install from scratch. > > > So I suspect there is a permissions problem. I have changed the permissions > > for popa3d in /usr/sbin to "everybody can execute" it still won't execute it > > for anybody except root. > > That sits on another sheet of paper. root is the correct user to execute > popa3d for the time and purpose being. > > > Is there a config file for popa3d somewhere? I can't find one. How does it > > know what to do? > > I don't know about RedHat, but it doesn't need one, basically. It > 'knows' what to do: read from the mail-spool on request on port 110. > > HTH, > > Uwe > > I appologize again for being a Unix newbie and thank you for your patience. In order of importance: 1. nmap reports that port 110 is not open, after considering it I just tried "service popa3d start" and voila it now says started. I reran nmap and there it is, port 110 open. So I go back to the client at it all now works. I can now breathe again. Glad I had a Fedora box to run this from! My t-bird is on a Windows box. 2. I guess it has to be manually started, as does postfix, if I reboot. I was fooled because I could go in as root and enter popa3d and it responds +OK and then I can enter commands such as USER etc. So, I thought it was started, obviously not. 3. All of the documentation I have on this is the MAN output so - in effect - I didn't realize how simple it was. I didn't know to treat it as a service, I just guessed; I suppose its obvious to everybody else but not me. Thank you all again for all your help, this is a cute little piece of software, I am so used to MS bloatware and I don't know how to deal with something this straightforward. jim
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