Mailing lists at UD: Setting up a shared mailbox without
You must have a shared mailbox
already set up by Network and System
Services (NSS) for these instructions
to work. If you haven't already,
request for a shared mailbox.
These instructions will help you set up
a shared mailbox for your group when
all group members are NOT on the
central Exchange server. Before you set
up this kind of shared mailbox, please
note the following:
- This is not truly a shared mailbox
because message statuses (e.g., deleted
and replied-to) do NOT sync across
multiple clients in real time.
Accordingly, we recommend that you
schedule one person at a time to
monitor the shared mailbox.
- Multiple people can access a shared
mailbox simultaneously, but only the
first to connect can delete mail.
- Messages in your shared mailbox
count toward your central UNIX
quota. You must ensure you have
enough space on the UNIX server to
send and receive messages.
- Shared mailboxes are available only
to staff and faculty—not to
UD Central Mail Server Mailing
Lists to learn about the different
types of mailing lists and how to
request them. If you'd like to set up a
shared mailbox without using Exchange,
follow the instructions below:
- Open your SSH Secure Shell Client.
- Connect to copland.udel.edu and log
in with your UDelNet ID and password.
- Check to see if you have a mail/
directory by typing ls -l and viewing your
list of files and directories.
- If you
do not see an entry similiar to this:
drwx------ 2 yourname 4000 4096 Aug 1 09:26 mail
type the following:
mkdir mailand press ENTER.
- Change into your mail directory by
typing cd mail
- Press ENTER.
- Create a symbolic link by typing
the following, but replace
shared-mailbox-name with the name of
your shared mailbox.
ln -s /home/strauss/usrc/alternate_folders/shared-mailbox-name shared-mailbox-name
The ln command above starts with
the letter "l," not the number
- Press ENTER.
- Type exit at the prompt, and then
- Follow the instructions
below to set up the shared
mailbox in Thunderbird: