Linuxconf 1.9r10 (Test release)
- Virtual email management
Many people have expressed interest in some more flexibility for virtual email
domain. The requested feature was a way to redirect email to unknown user to a
special account or to another email domain. Linuxconf 1.9r10
introduce a new field in the configuration dialog of the virtual email
domain. It is called the fallback destination (Better naming welcome). This
field is optional and normally empty. Email to unknown user is rejected. The
help has been updated, but here go the semantic of the field. It may contain
- A user account or alias
Email will be redirected to this specific account in the same domain. This
account may be an alias also.
- A fully qualified email address
Email will be redirected to another user in another domain.
- A domain name prefixed with a @
Email will be redirected to the same recipient, in a different domain. This
can be very useful when migrating from another email system (One of those
brain dead PC only email system). The trick is to setup the linux server
running the virtual domain as the MX. You create user account in this
domain whenever you migrate a user account from the PC mail system to linux.
You set the fallback so it point to the PC mail domain.
- Keep me posted about this feature. Few people have expressed interest in
different variation of this concept and I think they are all cover by this
- Mail to Fax gateway
Some work have been started to support FAX on Linux. One key element
will be a mail2fax gateway. Currently, I am investigating Hylafax and
mgetty. In the same process, Linuxconf would also support dialin
configuration, using mgetty, as it is the best tool to manage modem (Fax and
PPP for one).
This is preliminary. I would be happy to exchange with people running that
kind of setup. For sure, making that easily manageable in Linuxconf
would be a winner. Stay tuned!
- PPP dialout
Linuxconf now supports PAP. Nothing was added to the dialog. The proper
selector was there, but not effective. CHAP is still not operational
though. To use PAP instead of normal login/password sequence, simply
move the selector to PAP in the dialog. That's all.
- On demand dialing (Diald)
Linuxconf now support diald fairly well. No new dialogs. A new line has
been added to the dialout configuration dialog. The line allows the selection
of the type of PPP connection needed. It looks like:
Operation mode: (o) Manual ( ) On demand ( ) 24/24
Currently the 24/24 option is not implemented (the /etc/inittab file will be
update with the proper netconf command). Anyway, this is all you have
to know about diald. Even the routing information entered at the end of
the PPP dialout dialog will be used to configure diald. You can even define
multiple PPP configuration with the On demand operation mode. Linuxconf
will validate that only one has the default route option. This allows you
to define on demand dialing to your office (running a known set of IP number)
and at the same time, having an on demand configuration to your Internet provider.
Comment are welcome about this one :-)
The work has continued on the third Linuxconf's user interface. It will
be based on Java. Already quite a few dialog have been adjust although
very few things (at first) will be need to get a nice graphical interface in
Linuxconf. For this release, all the code have been disabled though as
it was not finished. All the Java code is included in a new
sub-directory named diajava if one care to look at it.
- File permission
Some more permission checking have been added. Notably, uucp stuff (which fix
a permission bug in RedHat at the same time) and some device (/dev/lp?).
- Shadow password
A bug was corrected when validating shadow password for root at boot time
(when configuring the system before it has completed the boot process, one
Linuxconf exclusivity :-) ).