Mailserver - the irresponsibility of using my desktop as one

Carthik Sharma carthik at
Thu Sep 7 16:38:12 UTC 2006

On 9/7/06, Eric S. Johansson <esj at> wrote:
> Carthik Sharma wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > I regularly use three different computers - a work desktop, a laptop
> > and a home desktop. I have three email IDs, again, none of these are
> > avoidable.
> >
> > Right now, I fetch all mail to my home desktop which is used to run an
> > ssh server using a dynamic dns service.
> >
> > The power bill, and the irresponsibility of running a desktop 24x7 to
> > read mail etc are killing me.
> switch to a laptop to save power and I don't quite understand the
> "irresponsibility" part unless of course it's my mail server.  :-)
> as for fetching your e-mail, there is nothing you have described which
> requires a 24 x 7 uptime.  You run whatever fetching utility you want
> when the machine is on otherwise, just let e-mail collect in your
> inboxes.  If you need to, map the three accounts to three separate
> userids on your desktop.

Yes, but since I ssh into the home desktop to check my mail from
school/work/ using my laptop or other desktop, it has to be always on

> If you are using your home machine as a delivery target for e-mail,
> there are lots of hosting providers that offer pop3 only accounts for
> only a few dollars a month.

No, this desktop just pulls mail off of other mailservers using
fetchmail, and I login using ssh, and use mutt to read my mail.

> if these suggestions don't meet your needs, could you try again
> describing what you're trying to do?

I would like to recreate what I now have on my home desktop
(fetchmail+procmail+mutt etc) on a server. Then I will be able to ssh
to the server/shell account and read my mail as I do now. A user has
already approached me saying he can provide hosting for me on his
server, but I am hoping to find some alternatives and choose between
them. I must think there is some company providing this as a service -
seems too simple to be absent.


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