Frequently Asked Questions: Email
Options for SRCF mail processing
Every member of the SRCF has a SRCF email address. If your SRCF username is spqr2, your SRCF email address is email@example.com.
(In fact you have as many email addresses as you want, by appending a suffix of your choosing: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can use this for filtering different types of email in different ways. You also have equivalent addresses in our old domain, srcf.ucam.org.)
You can choose (via the Control Panel) one of three possible ways for delivering email sent to your SRCF email addresses:
- Forward email — all of your email is forwarded to another address. For this we use the contact address you provided when you signed up, which you can also change on the Control Panel.
- The SRCF Hades email service — a modern email service. If you want to read your email on the SRCF, rather than forwarding it to another email service, this is what we recommend.
- A .forward file, and/or a legacy mailbox on pip — this is a primitive and somewhat unfriendly system for hosting a mailbox or forwarding mail, but does offer some programmability via the SRCF shell server; by writing an Exim filter file you can, for example, pass email messages to a custom program. This is recommended only for advanced users and people who already have a mailbox on pip which predates Hades.
Note that society email is a bit different, and is always handled on pip. We also offer mailing lists.
Can I use the SRCF machine as an outgoing (SMTP) mail server?
Yes — you can use smtp.srcf.net, port 587, using STARTTLS. Authenticate using your SRCF username and password. This service is part of Hades but is available to all SRCF members whether or not your email is hosted on Hades.
How do I set up mail forwarding?
The easiest way is to set your email mode to forwarding on the Control Panel.
More-flexible forwarding is available, but the exact facilities depend on whether you are using Hades or pip.
How do I set up mail filtering?
Flexible mail filtering is available on both Hades (using Sieve) and pip (using an Exim filter).
My mailing list, email@example.com...
Whoa! Stop right there! That's the University Information Services mailing list system, not the SRCF one, and there's nothing we can do to help you. Try going to lists.cam.ac.uk instead. If it's an SRCF mailing list, it will end in @srcf.net or @srcf.ucam.org, and then we can help you with it...