[Dovecot] RC7: its issues or mine?
t.d.lee at durham.ac.uk
Mon Aug 21 19:43:44 EEST 2006
On Mon, 21 Aug 2006, Chris Wakelin wrote:
> David Lee wrote:
> > [...]
> > But the mere act of an IMAP "login" commands creates a directory (empty)
> > with the liternal name of ~ (tilde). (An IMAP 'list "Mail" "*"' command
> > successfully finds the usr folders in the 'Mail' subdirectory of the
> > user's home directory.)
> > It's almost as if the 'default_mail_env' is telling it to create (literal)
> > '~' before realising that this is shorthand (as in C-shell) for home
> > directory.
> Hmm. Could you try using "~/" or "%h" instead of "~"?
Yes, both these seem to cure it. Many thanks! (Is it documented, and
thus did I miss it?)
> > 2. We have some Pine usage in our UNIX cluster. Historically this has
> > taken advantage of the Pine "rsh mailmachine /etc/rimapd" ability to avoid
> > the need for the password: pre-authentication etc. (Yes, we realise that
> > 'rsh' has security issues.) But when I try making symlink "/etc/rimapd"
> > point to "/usr/dovecot/sbin/dovecot" this fails:
> > Error: Can't use SSL key file /etc/ssl/private/dovecot.pem: Permission denied
> Sounds yucky. I think the program you'd need to run is
> "/usr/dovecot/libexec/imap" rather than "dovecot" [...]
Drat. Yes. My mistake. That's looking better, but it still fails...
> [...] but you'll need to
> supply it some environment variables. I've never tried though.
... with an error message (which I'm line-wrapping here with "\"):
imap(<username>): Error: Ambiguous mail location setting, don't know \
what to do with it: /var/spool/mail/<username> (try prefixing it \
with mbox: or maildir:)
imap(<username): Fatal: Failed to create storage with data: \
So this mechanism not finding the "default_mail_env" (with our peculiar
sub-dir specification) from the config file. Perhaps more likely it's not
finding the config file itself at all.
How do other Pine-using sites handle the "rsh ... /etc/rimapd" issue?
> One thing to watch though, is that you don't have any Pine 3.x users (as
> we had!) as it uses obsolete IMAP (v2!) commands not supported by
> Dovecot and they would have problems accessing folders.
Thanks for the heads-up. Our pine usage is relatively small; the only
support we offer is for our own installation, which is 4.x . So this
issue, if it crops up at all, ought to be broadly manageable.
(Thanks also for your other observations, which I'll work on.)
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