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MemberManual / Email

This is the chapter of the MemberManual that describes how to receive and manage your email.



HCoop offers a variety of ways to wrangle and access your email.

The ~/Maildir directory is created for you when your account is created. So please do not delete the ~/Maildir directory if you value mail delivery and access.


This section contains some topics relating to email delivery.


The ~/Maildir directory resides on its own volume, and has a separate quota from the rest of your home directory.

Before copying over any existing email, be sure that you have enough disk space in your quota. Here's how:

fs listquota ~/Maildir

This will give you the name of your mail volume, available space (in MB), used space (in MB), the percentage of your volume used, and the percent of space used on AFS by all HCoop volumes.

If you need more space, please file a support request at [https://members2.hcoop.net/portal/support] in the AFS category. Be sure to nmention how much space you want.


Both Exim filters and Procmail are available on the new systems.

If you are not familiar with procmail, and simply want to send mail to another email address, using a ~/.public/.forward file will probably be easier for you. If you want to exercise control over your email by splitting it into various IMAP folders based on custom criteria using the power of regexps, perhaps a .procmail.d/procmailrc file would be best.

You can use either a .procmail.d/procmailrc file or a .forward file, but not both.

Please read the following subpages for further information.

Virtual mailboxes

Virtual mailboxes are a good way to give someone a "vanity address" on one of your domains, where they can receive and check email. See the ["/VirtualMail"] subpage for full details on how to use them.

Dealing with spam

Spam is an inevitable fact of life. See the [/SpamAssassin] subpage for details on using SpamAssassin, which is our preferred solution to the spam problem.


This section explains how to access your email.


SSL IMAP is available via SSL at port 993, using hostname deleuze.hcoop.net.

STARTTLS IMAP is available on port 143, using hostname deleuze.hcoop.net.


POP3 access is available via SSL at port 995, using hostname deleuze.hcoop.net. If you're using Thunderbird, make sure to uncheck "Use secure authentication". Do not use port 110; it is not available.