[Dovecot] dovecot as gmail imap proxy

Farkas Levente lfarkas at lfarkas.org
Tue Jun 17 23:24:34 EEST 2008

Timo Sirainen wrote:
> 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.

it seems other people also thing about this:
so it'd be useful thing for many of us:-)

   Levente                               "Si vis pacem para bellum!"

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