This is how I set up NethServer to use a POP3 catchall mail box at my ISP and deliver those messages to local users, with a catch all address that’s shared between users.
The setup does not use custom templates or settings that can be overwritten by the web config pages. So the mail server should be immune to changes from the web config.
Note: My ISP puts all my email into a single POP3 mailbox which conforms to the GetMail requirements for a MultiDrop mail box. See here:
Software & Packages:
Nano text editor installed via the command line
configure email domain on local NethServer
Webconfig > Configuration / Email > Domain
Click “Create New” and enter your domain name, e.g. domain.org.uk. Don’t select any other options at this point.
Webconfig > Management / Users and groups > Users
Create your users, in my case “mum, dad, child1 and child2”.
Create a password for each user.
Create another user to be the CatchAll account, in my case “mail”.
Create a password for the CatchAll account.
direct unsorted mail to the CatchAll user
Webconfig > Configuration / Email > Domain
Edit the domain you created in step 1, select “Accept unknown recipients” and enter the address of your CatchAll user in the “deliver to” box, in my case firstname.lastname@example.org
configure aliases for root user – this is optional but will ensure system messages reach a real person.
Create an email address for the root user. Select the root@YourServerName button at the top right hand corner of the Webconfig page, click Profile.
Enter the user who will receive emails for root, e.g. email@example.com.
set up SoGo
Login to the SoGo web interface as each of your users and the CatchAll user.
When you are logged in to SoGo as the CatchAll user, share the inbox between your users.
Click on the mail button, then right click on the inbox and select “Manage Sharing”.
Select your users from the drop down list, select “Share Identity” and give them “full control”.
In my case I have selected “Mum” and “Dad” to have full control of the “Mail” inbox.
Click “save and close”.
Logout of the CatchAll user and log in as “Mum” (or whatever user you selected). The shared mailbox of the CatchAll user will be visible under the entry “shared” in the list of email folders.
configure the POP3 connector.
The Webconfig does not allow a multidrop POP3 connect to be configured, so I set up what I could from the Webconfig and then edited the files from the command line.
Webconfig > Management / POP3 Connector > Create New
Enter an email address of a user on your machine, e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org
Enter the login details for your ISP POP3 mailbox (or IMAP mailbox if necessary).
Deliver the messages to the email address you entered above, e.g. email@example.com
Select 60mins for the “check this account every” drop down.
Select the options for spam and virus checking.
edit the getmail config
Go to the command line of your server.
Copy the config file that was created in step 6.
cp -p /var/lib/getmail/mum@\domain.org.uk.cfg /var/lib/getmail/multidrop.cfg
Edit the new config file to turn it into a multidrop config.
make the following changes
Change [retriever] type to MultiDropPOP3Retriever (you may need to use MultiDropPOP3SSLRetriever if you need to use SSL to get your mail)
Add the line [retriever] envelope_recipient = X-Delivered-To:1
Note, this line depends on how your ISP drops your email into your multidrop POP3 mailbox, you may need to use “Delivered-to:1” instead of “X-Delivered-To:1”, check the headers of your incomming mail to see where the ”to:” address is stored.
Change [destination] path to /usr/sbin/sendmail
Change [destination] arguments to (“-t”,”-i”,”-f %(sender)”,”%(recipient)”)
The [retriever] and [destination] sections of the new config should look something like this:
type = MultidropPOP3Retriever
server = your.isp.mailserver
username = username@ispmailserver
password = isppassword
envelope_recipient = X-Delivered-To:1
type = MDA_external
path = /usr/sbin/sendmail
arguments = ("-t","-i","-f %(sender)","%(recipient)")
user = vmail
group = vmail
edit the getmail download schedule
Go to the comand line of the your server.
Copy the getmail cron job to a new file.
cp -p /etc/cron.d/getmail /etc/cron.d/multidrop
Edit the new schedule to change the frequency and refer to the correct config file.
change the entry in the file to what’s shown below (which will check for messages every 2mins)
*/2 * * * * root /usr/bin/flock -n -E 0 /var/lib/getmail/multidrop.cfg -c "/usr/bin/getmail --getmaildir /var/lib/getmail/ --rcfile /var/lib/getmail/multidrop.cfg --quiet” &> /dev/null
remove the POP3 connector config created in step 6.
Webconfig > Management / POP3 Connector
select the dropdown next to the Account you configured in step 6 and select delete.
At this point you have a Multidrop POP3 mail configuration working.
Unsorted mail is routed to the “mail” user and that mailbox is accessible by the users you configured in step 5.
Thanks to @mrmarkuz for helping with this.