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Howdy,
Like with most hosting plans, mine comes with an abnormally large number of optional e-mail boxes.  Since I have the resource, I'm considering offering e-mail to some of my users, but I'd like to find a way to do it more automatically instead of going into the control panel, creating each account and account password one-by-one, and so on.  I know there are services that will do this for a fee, and I think they host the e-mail, but I don't think I need that…. at least not yet.  Is there a middle ground?  Like a script or piece of software that will do this?

-Aaron / PoliticalVoice

"Some mornings it just doesn't seem worth it to gnaw through the leather straps." - Emo Phillips

"Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My word's but a whisper, your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think." - From the album Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull (written by Ian Anderson)
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I believe ocPortal can do this through the Point Store if you use the right control panel...
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This was true in version 1, but we decided the specific requirements for the feature to work would cause more hinderance than help, and thus the feature was removed.


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Oh bummer!  I've tried looking around a bit–nothing too thorough, but I have looked some–and I don't seem to be able to find anything like what I need.  You'd think that there would be some demand for this, even a little.

-Aaron / PoliticalVoice

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"Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My word's but a whisper, your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think." - From the album Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull (written by Ian Anderson)
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One problem is that there is a 'gap' between systems software and normal web applications. Things like 'cpanel' can interact fine with stuff like the e-mail system, because it is written in as a piece of systems software, and can be designed to fit in like another part of a jigsaw puzzle; they have a web interface, but they are basically web servers themselves. However a normal web application basically works in a it's own 'sandboxed' world, as something running 'underneath' a web server, and hence is more constrained.

Another problem is that there are so many different mail servers out there. A few years ago, everyone used one called 'sendmail'. Now there is 'qmail', and at least some others. And all these different control panel systems like to set up the mail servers differently, and it is liable to change from one version to the next.


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Hmmm, I think that I understand.  Sometimes its easy to forget the limitations of what contemporary computer systems can do (although I've grown to understand those limits substantially over the last year or so).  So basically I'll have to do this manually or not at all methinks…. is that right?  Owell, c'est la vie…..

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Do it manually, or have something developed specifically for your server environment (which would probably need 'root' access to the server).


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Hmmm, is this the beginning of another project?  That might be a really cool idea!  For the moment doing things manually will probably be fine–although my proclivity for laziness and procratination…. well, I'll tell you about that later–but as the site grows I think that developing something proprietary-like might be a good option.  Thanks!

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"Really don't mind if you sit this one out. My word's but a whisper, your deafness a SHOUT. I may make you feel, but I can't make you think." - From the album Thick as a Brick by Jethro Tull (written by Ian Anderson)
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Right, as long as it is your server, or you can get root access to it, we can do this. Please get back to us when you think you're ready, although we probably won't be able to arrange to do it ourselves for a while as there is a lot on for us at the moment.


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