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11.8 Starting Postfix

Once the /etc/postfix/main.cf file is configured with the correct settings it is now time to start up postfix. This can be achieved from the command line as follows: 

	/usr/sbin/postfix start

The postfix process should now start up. The best way to check that everything is working is to check you mail log. This is typically in /var/log/maillog and should now contain an entry that looks like:

Nov 21 13:05:46 mylinuxhost postfix/postfix-script: starting the Postfix mail system
Nov 21 13:05:46 mylinuxhost postfix/master[10334]: daemon started -- version 2.2.5, configuration /etc/postfix

 As long as you don't see any error messages you have successfully installed and started Postfix and you are ready to set up a mail client and start communicating with the outside world.

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