mail using Netscape Mail over samba ?

Canfield canfield at
Sun Apr 4 04:00:51 GMT 1999

It may not work for your application, but using Netscape 4.5 with
mod_roaming & apache is great.  It's cross platform, and it works
cleanly.  We just rename the "guest" application to Netscape Communicator,
and other than the login screen, nobody knows the difference (though it's
much better if you use the free Client Customixation Kit to lock the
roaming configuration).


Tulassay Zsolt wrote:

> Hi folks,
> (as far as I can remember, this is my first mail ever sent to an
> english mailing list, and surely the first to a samba-list.)
> I am the proud administrator of a Linux box running RedHat 5.2 and
> samba-1.9.18p10 (2.0.3 didn't work properly but that's not my
> problem here). The samba server provides domain logon for the
> windows machines in our network. The whole thing has only been
> running for two days now, so I'm just starting to configure it.
> Just to be clear, there are machines which are used by only one
> person, but there are others which are used by lots of users
> simultaneously. But all of them are runnng Win95/98.
> My problem is how to provide email service for our users, ie.
> which mailer software to use and over which protocol (POP/IMAP/etc).
> I had an idea, namely that if a user logs on the samba server,
> he can access his UNIX mail folders directly through his home dir.
> So what if I tried to set up Netscape Communicator to use H:\mail as
> the mail directory (where H: is the drive letter where the home dirs
> get mounted) and so I could avoid having to use IMAP (I had lots of
> trouble using IMAP earlier).
> I gave it a try and it seemed to work. But then came the real
> problem, you may already know what I mean: Communicator puts user
> settings into various files on the hard drive to which pointers
> are made in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE in the registry. Which is machine
> dependant. So I couldn't get it to handle the different settings for
> different users.
> I had first the idea to add some registry keys at every logon
> which could fix this up, but then I couldn't manage to get it right.
> Then I thought about the Roaming Profiles, installed the Apache module
> mod_roaming, and seemed happy, but it turned out, that Netscape tried
> to use the same roaming access profile every time, regardless of the
> username I used to log in to the samba server.
> And I couldn't find any hint where it stores the roaming access
> settings locally (I didn't find anything in the registry).
> What I'd like to achieve is, that if somebody logs in to our domain,
> he could read his email through some Windows mail client software
> regardless of which computer he uses to log in from.
> (after all it can be some other than Netscape Mail as well, I just
> thought NSMail would be the easiest way to go).
> If somebody managed to get this right, I would really appreciate if
> he could help me. Well, if you have a solution based on IMAP, I don't
> mind. I have to admit I don't even know how to get to work NSMail
> using IMAP on the windows boxes).
> Or if you could name me some mail clients that work together
> with Navigator and put their stuff into HKCU I would be fairly
> happy with that as well.
> Sorry for the long letter.
> TIA,
> Zsolt Tulassay
> PS please CC to me, I only get the digest

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