Help with Horde webmail

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Hi,

I was wondering if anyone has successfully managed to install and run Horde on windows XP Pro.

I've been trying to install Horde onto my machine which i use as a Mail server. The Email Server i'm currently using is Merak Mail Server Lite. It's working perfectly. It's just the icewarp (web-mail interface)'s license going to be expired very very soon. In the mean time, i have to find other alternative to replace it. I come across some open source webmail like squirrelmail, Horde, Neomail. Horde really attracts me since it's got more features that i want. However, Horde is written in PHP and ideally designed for Linux platform. In saying that, it can also work on windows XP based on FAQ i saw on its website.

The problem i'm having now is don't know how to install it on my mail server machine since it runs on windows XP. I've had apache2 and PHP up and running on that machine. But I got stuck on the very first stage of the whole instruction procedure because the procedure is written for linux.

Here is part of the instruction guidelines from Horde that i managed to unzip as follows

1. Compiling PHP for Apache::

cd php-x.x.x/
./configure --with-apxs=/usr/sbin/apxs \
--with-gettext --with-dom --with-mcrypt \
--with-iconv --enable-mbstring=all --enable-mbregex \
--with-gd --with-png-dir=/usr --with-jpeg-dir=/usr \
--with-mime-magic=/user/share/misc/magic.mime \
[--with-mysql|--with-pgsql|--with-oci8|--with-ldap]
make
make install

2. Restart Apache.

I'm not sure if i need to configure my PHP for Apache especially it's already working on apache2

3. Install PEAR packages::

pear install -o Log Mail Mail_Mime DB Date File
pear -d preferred_state=beta install -a Services_Weather

Does PEAR not come together with PHP?

4. more...

Thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you.

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Joined: Nov 2005

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could help me out here. Yesterday, everything was working perfectly fine. Merak Server was up and running and so was the icewarp webmail interface. However, i was trying something else yesterday. What i did was installing PHP4 onto the same machine where merak server runs on. I got it working along with apache2. However, this morning, when one of my friends went to login to icewarp webmail. The page was blanked with nothing on the screen whatsoever. Wonder if icewarp actually uses PHP as well. If it does, there may be some conflicts there. However, i remember that i copy php.ini into windows folder and php4ts.dll onto windows/system32. Just wonder if i need to change anything (that need to be configured) on the php.ini file because at the moment, i didn't change anything. All i did was download it from php and then followed the installation procedure on windows XP.

Thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you ASAP.

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I've never used icewarp before but this definately doesn't seem to have anything to do with PHP. icewarp is a standalone program for Windows (am assuming you using this).

So you have web server software and the mail web server software on the same computer? Chances are they're both trying to use the same port, have you checked for this, do you know how to check for this (without trying to sound patronising, I don't know how experienced you are Smiling )?

Web server software usually uses port 80, that's what browsers assume as well. If you have to type something like: http://server.com:1234 (note the colon followed by digits after the URL) to connect to the e-mail web server then it's probably using another port besides 80.

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Hi JeevesBond,

Thank you for your reply.

Yes, it's caused by PHP installation. Not sure if you heard of Merak Mail Server.
Merak runs it's own PHP and therefore will conflict with any other PHP programs.

But anyway, it's working now after removing all the PHP files from system32. I've got the icewarp to work.

If you don't mind i ask, out of curiosity do you know by any chance anyone or yourselves have actually attempted and successfully got both open source Email Server and open source webmail interface to work. I tell you what i've been thinking of. I might be tempted to replace Merak with open source Email Server and replace icewarp with other open source webmail interface. I know that there are quite a lot open source webmail around that i can find on the internet.

Thank you in advance and look forward to hearing from you.

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Can't say I've ever tried to get an opensource mailserver working before, have to say it's weird in the extreme for Merak to be working through PHP - very odd!

Can't imagine using an open source mailserver would be difficult, have you any Linux experience?

Or can some other kind member of the forums offer assistance with a Windoze based free mailserver? Smiling

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This is the same issue so I've merged the threads...

PEAR itself (http://pear.php.net/) is a repository of PHP components, stuff written in PHP that you can pickup and use in your scripts. When I type the command:
pear install -o Log Mail Mail_Mime DB Date File' The PEAR script fires up and starts downloading those PHP components for me.

You can replicate it's behaviour by just searching for the components on the PEAR website and downloading them yourself (it's slower but then perhaps you should get Linux Wink ), I've never had cause to do anything like this so am a little out of my depth, but I'd guess you need to unpack these packages somewhere (where Horde expects them to be would be good).

Do you have Horder somewhere? And do you also have Apache/PHP installed?

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