How to use for reading mail


The machine provides a "maildir" based mail imaps service for CS General users who need fast access to a large quantity of mail (be it number of messages and/or size of messages). It provides separate mailbox storage space, with supplementary mail folder space, but no explicit home directory space, for users who already have a CS general account. is restricted to accept incoming mail from only certain other machines. Specifically it accepts mail only from the mail servers for the CS General region. Therefore most machines in the world cannot send email to it--that is, specifying its name in an email address will not work.

So, even if you decide to store your mail on, your email address will remain, The name is unuseable by the outside world for use in email addresses. (A special exception allows its use when forwarding from the only). Furthermore, while your mail is forwarded to it, and you will read your mail using the IMAP service it provides, you will still use as your SMTP relay.


To use, you must have first have an account in the CS General region.

You must change your .forward or .procmailrc in the CS General region. These files affect the disposition of mail addressed to

Change whichever suits your personal setup to send your mail to the

After that you would use (specify SSL) as an IMAP server for an appropriate mail account.

But continue to use as the name of your outgoing (SMTP) server (relay).


For hypothetical uwuserid aeinstein.

Add to /u/aeinstein/.forward

Or, add to appropriate place in /u/aeinstein/.procmailrc

# Mini-tutorial re: ^FROM_MAILER and ^FROM_DAEMON procmail patterns
# ^FROM_MAILER - matches most messages from mailers (bounces etc).
# ^FROM_DAEMON - matches a superset including mail from most mailing lists
# (in general, resending ^FROM_DAEMON should be okay; generating, for example
# an auto-reply might be wrong)


See Also:

EmailMaildirSetupThunderbird - walk-through of Thunderbird mail account creation


EmailMaildirFAQ - Questions and Answers regarding maildir

Migrating your accounts from mail.cs to maildir.cs

-- AdrianPepper - 08 Feb 2008

Topic revision: r5 - 2008-04-07 - LawrenceFolland
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