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When I mention a "traditional Unix" mail client (aka MUA), I mean a mail client without the ability to communicate via the SMTP, POP3, or IMAP protocols. Instead, it accesses mail in local mail folders. Typically, it runs in conjunction with an MTA (like postfix) which can relay mail to and from other mail servers.

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If a user runs a "traditional" Unix mail client on System8, the mail client treats the user's incoming mail spool (/var/spool/mail/) as its inbox (IIUC), thus gaining access to incoming mail. (A "traditional" Unix mail client accesses mail in files, originally they could not access mail via POP3 or IMAP or send mail via SMTP -- a "traditional" Unix mail client needed to work on a machine with an MTA? and/or MDA?.) (See UUCP?(?) (or whatever that "old" alternate mail delivery method is).)

If a user wants to run a traditional Unix mail client on a machine other than System8 he must either choose one (like Pine) that now includes the ability to work like a Windows mail client or run a mail server on that other machine, which will relay mail to and from, for example, the "main" email server.


  • () RandyKramer - 03 Oct 2002
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