Hostname for qmail

Discussion in 'qmail' started by MauriceH56, Sep 8, 2014.

  1. MauriceH56

    MauriceH56 New Email

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    Hi all
    I am configuring a new mail server with qmail. I am reading "life with qmail", so far so good.

    I am at the point of ./config Chapter, 2.4,4 Do the build

    I am getting the following error.

    "hard error
    Sorry, I couldn't find your host's canonical name in DNS.
    You will have to set up control/me yourself."

    Can someone explain to me the deal with "hostname".

    About the setup
    Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
    to be used as internal mail server, for some 20 clients.
    With access to external emails.

    We curently use MS outlook that will go, once this setup is completed.

    Thank you

    Maurice
     


  2. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    Hi Maurice,

    If you don't have DNS set up yet for the server you can use this to tell qmail how to set it's primary server name:

    ./config-fast mail.your-domain.com

    Replace mail.your-domain.com with the FQDN of your mail server.
     

  3. MauriceH56

    MauriceH56 New Email

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    Thank you Popowich
    I will do as you asked

    But I am trying to understand all this hostname business.
    I know what DNS is... I would like to understand a little better what I am doing...

    Cheers

    maurice
     
  4. popowich

    popowich EQ Forum Admin Staff Member

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    It's the name that will be presented in the banner if someone telnet's to port 25 of the mail server, the name that will be used in bounce messages, and possibly the name that you'll use in mail program settings and other mail server related configurations such as MX records.
     

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