[Dovecot] dovecot as gmail imap proxy
tss at iki.fi
Tue Jun 17 18:21:07 EEST 2008
On Jun 17, 2008, at 6:14 PM, Timo Sirainen wrote:
> On Jun 17, 2008, at 6:03 PM, Farkas Levente wrote:
>> would it be possible to create a dovecot server as an imap proxy
>> for gmail and google apps?
>> imho many people/company would be love to use such a setup where he
>> can use gmail in vacation or any other time, but when the email is
>> real critical apps (not acceptable to wait 1 minutes for an email
>> to load or to open a folder/label) than he can use a proxy server
>> eg. dovecot which act as a imap proxy to gmail and can be hosted on
>> closer, faster server and this speed problem never happend. what's
>> more it can be used as a mail backup server too.
> I've thought about a caching IMAP mail storage backend for Dovecot
> and even started implementing it once, but it didn't get very far.
> If someone wants to try to continue it, I can send what I've written
> so far. Although it's mostly a copy of cydir backend with a tiny bit
> of it replaced with IMAP code.
Now that I think of it, the IMAP backend should do only direct IMAP
backend accessing and if caching is wanted it could be a generic
middle layer. Might be also useful for other things like caching mails
from NFS server. Although Linux already has a cachefs for that.
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