subscription, dots and subscribe to shared folder.

Julien Nadal julien+dovecotnl at
Thu Mar 2 14:21:56 UTC 2023


We were able to set up shared folders in a cluster (using dovecot as 
proxy on dedicated front-end servers, without using director) by 

Here is our related conf on imap farms (dovecot v2.3.16 on Almalinux):


mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir

namespace default {
   inbox = yes
   location =
   prefix =
   separator = /

namespace shared {
   list = children
   location = imapc:~/shared/%%u:INDEXPVT=~/shared-pvt/%%u
   prefix = shared/%%u/
   separator = /
   subscriptions = no
   type = shared

imapc settings:

imapc_features = fetch-bodystructure fetch-headers rfc822.size search modseq acl delay-login
imapc_host = XXXXXX
imapc_master_user = %{user}
imapc_password = XXXXXX
imapc_port = XXXXXX

passdb {
   args = password=#hidden_use-P_to_show# userdb_namespace/shared/disabled=yes userdb_acl_user=%{auth_user} allow_nets=XXXXX/XX
   driver = static
   master = yes
dict {
   acl-mysql = mysql:/etc/dovecot/conf.d/dovecot-dict-sql.conf.ext

This way, a folder is created under ~/ : shared & shared-pvt :

When user A shares a folder with B, B will find ~/shared/userA/sharedfolder

I should mention that the user authentication (backend: mysql) uses the 
full email address as we are in a multi-tenant context.

So the folder looks like ~/shared/usera at domain.tld/folder

Since then, everything works perfectly, we can share and see the shared 
folders in the webmail (SOGo).

Unfortunately, accessing these folders through an imap client (tested on 
Thunderbird and MSOutlook) is impossible because the subscription fails 
(the folder is listed, but the subscription doesn't seem to do anything).
I could not find any relevant logs but I was able to confirm on the 
command line: I am able to view folder with LIST, subscribe with an "OK" 
output, but the folder is not listed with LSUB.

So I could see that the subscribtion file in maildir shows incorrect 

V    2
shared/testuser1 at sub    domain    tld/INBOX/folder

The dots in the folder names are replaced by tabs.

I was able to recover things by editing the file as follows:

shared/testuser1 at sub.domain.tld/INBOX/folder

This means that Maildir++ and V2 subscription can't handle dots in folders.

I found a previous discussion:
But the final advice can't be applied on our side:
- changing LAYOUT to FS is not possible for us
- we have already migrated the dot separator to slash
- changing the layout only for shared namespaces does not solve the 
problem and totally breaks the access to shared folders.

Thanks a lot for your advice

Best regards

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