View Full Version : [SOLVED] dovecot-postfix and postfix package difference?

July 7th, 2012, 06:06 PM
What is the difference between these two? P.S. Yes, I do want to take no postfix, even though I'm a beginner. :)

July 7th, 2012, 06:26 PM
Postfix is a "mail transfer agent." It's used to exchange mail with other accounts on the local server and with remote mail servers around the world.

Dovecot provides POP3 or IMAP4 access to your mail. It is the server software that a client like Thunderbird connects to so you can read your mail.

If all you want to do is send mail, then you just need Postfix. If, however, you want to build a mail server with local accounts, mail folders, and the like, you'll need dovecot as well.

July 7th, 2012, 06:38 PM
I meant two packages - "dovecot-postfix" and "postfix," though thanks for the explanation about them both in general. :)

P.S. I'd still like to know the answer to the original question though.

July 7th, 2012, 07:12 PM
$ sudo apt-get dovecot-postfix

The following NEW packages will be installed:
dovecot-core dovecot-imapd dovecot-managesieved dovecot-pop3d dovecot-postfix
dovecot-sieve mail-stack-delivery postfix

$ sudo apt-get install postfix

The following NEW packages will be installed:

So, rather unsurprisingly, dovecot-postfix installs both packages, while postfix alone installs... postfix.

July 7th, 2012, 07:25 PM