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Setting Up Mail: Mail ( in Mac OS X

Incoming Mail (IMAP)

  • Start Mail and open Mail>Preferences...
  • Select the Accounts icon at the top of the panel
    account icon highlighted

  • Add a new account by clicking on the + button at bottom left plus button
  • For Incoming Mail Server, enter
  • Enter the user name and password for your Unix account and click Continue
    N.B.: This may appear to fail. Hit Continue anyway.
  • For Incoming Mail Security, check Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and select Password authentication

    incoming mail security

  • For Outgoing Mail Server, enter and leave Use Authentication unchecked

    outgoing server

  • NOTE: will only work as an outgoing SMTP server for computers connected within the astronomy subnet (including laptops using DHCP that are connected to a cable).  If you are connected from home, please use the outgoing mail server operated by your Internet Service Provider.  If you are connected via AirBears, you must use another outgoing mail server such as the one provided by CalMail.
  • For Outgoing Mail Security, leave Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) unchecked and select None for authentication.  Ignore the warning and continue.
    outgoing mail security

  • Click Done

  • Open Mail>Preferences>Accounts and select the account that you just created
  • Select the Advanced tab
  • For IMAP Path Prefix, enter mail (Read here how to make sure this directory or link exists)

    setting IMAP path prefix

  • Close the Preferences window to save the changes

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