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IMAP required user/pass that never match

2007-01-20 11:06:51


I got a SuSE Linux 10 and installed the OS, DNS and sendmail. I can get
the sendmail going within the SuSE Linux and when I access it from
Outlook of MS Window using IMAP account or POP account, it will pop out
a window asking for username / password.

I assume this would be the username / passwd of the Linux login but it
is not. 

In SuSE Linux, it said that one can configure the /etc/ and
/etc/mail/ using a m4 command:

   m4 /etc/mail/ > /etc/
   m4 /etc/mail/ > /etc/mail/

So I have tested a lot of permeations; my questions are:

(1)  /etc/sysconfig/sendmail and /etc/mail/ has something in
common but no identical. The above line to compile cf file does not
mentioned /etc/sysconfig/sendmail and /etc/sysconfig/mail. Which is the
file I need to try to change for any effect on sendmail? What is the
casue and effect?

(2) File: /etc/mail/

define(`confAUTH_OPTIONS',              `Apy')dnl
define(`confAUTH_MECHANISMS',   `login')dnl

I am hoping that all I need is to enter the login user name and password
of the SuSE Linux and not get involve with other authentication
mechanism which I am not familir. I tried the 'login' and 'plain' but
neither seem to affect the Outlook behavior.

(3) Maybe the username/passwd asked by Outlook needed to be setup
separately within sendmail environment. The closet I can find is in
/etc/mail/auth where there is an auth-info file and a auth-info.db.

AuthInfo:opc.penit.csi "U:dadu" "I:dadu" "P:k327119" "R:opc.penit.csi"

And then use makemap hash auth-info.db < auth-info to compile it. But
the username and passwd was not recognized from Window Outlook when it
tries to access the imap account.

(4) I hope to also learn how to implement the openssl and the 'man ssl"
command looks like for the programmer. Is there any easy beginning
article to get started?

Any suggestion appreciated.

Kwang-Fuh Lee.

PS. I bought the SuSE Linux for 480 HK dollar and the booklet said that
it would have 90 days support from Novell. I wrote to e-mails about some
questions but never get any reply. Is it a general case or just bad luck
of me?

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