[Dovecot] Moving new email from the mail spool to the inbox
rostetter at mail.utexas.edu
Sat May 5 00:13:18 EEST 2007
Quoting Chris Wakelin <c.d.wakelin at reading.ac.uk>:
> I guess you're delivering mail to /var/mail/username, and UW-IMAP
> "snarfs" (to use the UW term :)) the messages to ~/mbox (if it exists)
> whenever the user opens INBOX in IMAP.
Yes, we used to do this also, but we stopped when we went to dovecot.
Since we're a small installation, we just merged the ~mbox files back
into the /var/spool/mail/username files...
Since the person posting the question has 30K users, this may not be
feasible. Depends on what percentage of them use the ~mbox feature.
> It might also be possible to write a Dovecot plugin to emulate the
> UW-IMAP "snarf" behaviour, but as far as I know, nobody has.
AFAIK there is none also, but one would be "way cool" to have...
> I have to say that our UW-IMAP -> Dovecot transition was painless
> (transparent!) and that the performance gains were huge (otherwise we'd
> still be "pruning" user's INBOXes into folders for them every few months).
I agree completely. No one noticed anything except for the blazing
performance change, and I also was able to stop "pruning" user's inboxes.
Was not only painless, but removed a lot of existing pain!
> Best Wishes,
The Department of Physics
The University of Texas at Austin
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