For some people, getting their email pushed to their mobile is important. Although the emails from my home email server is not really as important as my work emails, it still is a good learning experience and its fun. 😀
First, one must already have a working email server. I am not going to discuss that here. My personal setup is a Debian unstable box with Postfix and Dovecot. I set up my imap server with Maildir and virtual users.
Next, if you use a Debian based distro, do not use “d-push” ,the Debian packaged version of Z-Push, because it is old and I ran into a lot of problems getting it to work. Just download the upstream version and you should be fine.
Unpack the downloaded file and follow the “INSTALL” file instructions.
There are 2 config.php file that we have to edit. The main one on the root of the install, we need to add the “BACKEND_PROVIDER”. Since I am using imap, I added “BackendIMAP”.
The second config.php file is under the backend/imap folder. I change the port because I am using SSL. The options part I had to do a lot of trial and error, and some research.(5)
Save both of this files and reload your Apache. Before setting up your device try to login through the browser. One should get something similar to this screenshot. If not, you need to do more troubleshooting.
I finally found a working solution to the problem of getting all my email accounts in one single place and also getting it “pushed” to my cellphone. I will give you all the steps but YMMV. Basically,what we need is to setup a mail server.
I have a yahoo ,a gmail and my ISP email(comcast). I have to somehow fetch all the mail from these services to my server. Yahoo however sucks coz you have to pay to get access to your email via the POP protocol so what I did is just forward all my mails to my other accounts ,I chose gmail. Fetching Gmail and Comcast using fetchmail is pretty straightforward , so I’ll leave that to another post.
Install a mail server. I already have MTA ,which is Postfix which I already got working for local delivery so All I need left is a POP/IMAP server. For these,I tried Cyrus,courier and Dovecot,stay away from Cyrus ,SASL is a PITA to setup..I am using Dovecot,much much simpler to setup and well documented configs.
Make sure if you have a firewall that you open up the right ports for imap,imaps,pop,smtp .Also don’t forget the server itself coz sometimes there are firewalls installed like fail2ban and moblock.
I use Imap on my N95 coz it’s much simpler to manage and you also get the “push email” functionality like that of the Blackberry. Just go to messaging and enter your server details . And one very important thing I noticed, Most of the time when accessing your mail It would like it gets stuck in “Updating Mailbox ” but actually it is synchronizing the folders . So have “PATIENCE”. If it really takes a while try to trim down the folders that one is subscribing to and try again.
I ran into problems with creating user accounts with my WordPress install.
WordPress uses Postfix to send email to my ISP which is Comcast.The problem is it sends it as sender www-data@localhost. I have to google for the right solution for this. The Postfix package in Debian doesn’t have enough Documentation so I have to the online Documentation.
Manpages is only helpful if you know what you are looking for. So ,thanks to google I was able to get this http://www.postfix.org/ADDRESS_REWRITING_README.html#generic
Basically,what it does is rewrite the sender address to my regular comcast address.Cool!