TeleFinder's e-mail services are provided by 2 programs. TeleFinder Server provides "front end" services; POP3 and BBS E-mail, while Mail Server manages the "back end" services; mail routing, SMTP, scheduling and external gateways.

This section focuses on the details of the "back end" services that integrate your system's messaging with the Internet, other TeleFinder systems, and external messaging systems.



Mail Server Overview

Mail Server is a component of TeleFinder Internet Server that enhances the mail and topic capabilities. Mail Server extends the BBS's local email, supports the network of TeleFinder BBSes (TFNet), and provides an interface for mail and topic gateways. The benefits that Mail Server will give to your server are as follows:


Local E-mail

• Multiple recipients of mail messages

• Support for file attachments



• Integration with Internet addressing

• Networking between multiple TeleFinder BBSes for e-mail and topics



• SMTP Internet e-mail

• Standard Internet messages (RFC822 compliant)

• NNTP Sucker, Lollipop, MacKennel


Mail Server requires a minimum of 1500k of memory and the services of two extensions; Thread Manager and ObjectSupportLib. Both extensions are built into System 7.5 and later, and do not need to be installed separately. For pre-System 7.5 machines the extensions are included with TeleFinder Internet Server. ObjectSupportLib is required for PowerPC based machines only.


Installing Mail Server

The installation process for TeleFinder Internet Server places Mail Server in a folder called "Mail Server ", that is contained in the "TeleFinder Server" folder. When TeleFinder Server is launched, Mail Server will be opened automatically.

The following step, "Setting the Server Identity" is required to setup POP3 nodes or use any gateways that are described in later sections. If Mail Server is only processing local BBS mail, none of the following setup is ncessary.

Mail Server settings are stored in the file named "Mail Server.config". This file may be found in the TeleFinder "config" folder.


Setting the Server Identity

Select the "Server Identity" command from the Server menu of Mail Server. This opens the "Server Identity" window.

• Enter a brief description of your server in the "organization" field. This will be included in the headers of messages that are passed on to the Internet.


• From the "BBS Character Set" pop-up menu, choose an appropriate match based on the character set that will be used by the BBS. Normally this will be the Roman character set, but Japanese and Chinese are also available as choices.


Assign a Local Domain

The following two steps should be used for any domains that you wish to assign to your server. For example, Spider Island Software has two domains, "spiderisland.com", the Internet domain, and "spiderisland.tfnet.org", the TFNet domain. Any domains that are assigned to your TeleFinder Internet Server should be configured here.

• Click the "Add" button. This will open the "Domain Edit" window.

Use this window to enter any domains that have been assigned to your server.

Note: Only one of the asssigned domains can have the "Use for POP3 mailboxes" option turned on.

• If this is your primary domain (the one that will be used on the Internet), turn ON the "Use for POP3 mailboxes" checkbox. Otherwise leave this checkbox turned OFF. 

• Close the Server Identity window.



Mail Gateways

Internet Gateway Includes SMTP and POP3.

TeleFinder BBS Gateway How to share Email between two or more TeleFinder BBSes.

Other Gateways Installing a RFC822, NNTP Sucker, Lollip or MacKennel Gateway.

Sharing Topics How to create Topic Sets to Share via a Gateway.

Spam Filters

Relay Blocking How to prevent unauthorized use of your SMTP server.

Domain Filtering How to filter incoming mail from unwanted sources.


Scheduling with Mail Server Use Mail Server to Schedule Periodic Tasks.

Manual Commands Use Mail Server Commands to Perform Tasks Immediately.