[Dovecot] Moving new email from the mail spool to the inbox

Kenny Dail kend at amigo.net
Fri May 4 19:44:05 EEST 2007

> > Adrian Barker wrote:
> >> We are considering switching from the Washington UW IMAP server to
> >> Dovecot for performance reasons, but we make use of the feature in the
> >> UW server that automatically moves new email from the mail spool to the
> >> IMAP INBOX. Has anyone implemented this in Dovecot, or considered
> >> implementing it ? We have a large number of users, so cannot easily
> >> change the way that we deliver email.
> >
> > Andy Shellam wrote
> > I'm thinking this is more of an issue with your MTA, as usually that's
> > responsible for delivering into the mailbox's Inbox.
> > 
> > You might want to look at Dovecot's LDA, "deliver"
> > (http://wiki.dovecot.org/LDA).
> > Deliver takes an e-mail piped from your MTA, with appropriate options on
> > the command-line, and delivers it into the relevant mailbox correctly.
> Adrian Barker wrote:
> Thanks for replying. We cannot easily change the way we deliver email,
> as we have over 30,000 users, who use a mixture of imap, pop and Unix
> email clients, so we have to continue to deliver email to a central mail
> spool. The MTA that we run is Exim, which has the flexibility to deliver
> into the 'Inbox', but we need to remain compatible with non-IMAP mailers.

This is not clear at all, why does the number of users effect the
delivery method? What mailbox format are you using?

Kenny Dail <kend at amigo.net>

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