[Dovecot] expire-tool fails if mail_location contains %h

Thorsten Vollmer thorsten at thvo.de
Fri Nov 21 23:52:44 EET 2008

On Fri, 2008-11-21 at 22:26 +0200, Timo Sirainen wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-11-04 at 17:36 +0100, Thorsten Vollmer wrote:
> > not long ago you fixed a bug regarding the expansion of ~/ in
> > mail_location that prevented expire-tool from working correctly. A
> > similar problem exists if mail_location contains %h: expire-tool will
> > use the wrong path to access the mailbox. After replacing %h with ~,
> > expire-tool works as expected.
> > 
> > Why are there two variables for the home directory? Maybe the use of %h
> > could be discouraged, sparing you some problems.
> In earlier versions ~/ expansion didn't work everywhere so %h is used in
> examples because of that. But nowadays ~/ expansion does work
> everywhere, so %h is a bit pointless in most places. Also the %h (just
> like all %variable) expansion happens early in the configuration
> parsing, so expire-tool can't really be fixed to handle %h.
> Well, I added a note now to http://wiki.dovecot.org/Variables and
> removed %h from http://wiki.dovecot.org/MailLocation. I don't really
> have better ideas how to discourage it.

I think this is sufficient.

Thanks for the explanation.


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