[Dovecot] system v. virtual mailboxes, was Re: Thunderbird problem

Charles Marcus CMarcus at Media-Brokers.com
Thu Jul 1 14:39:05 EEST 2010

On 2010-06-30 9:03 PM, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> Charles Marcus put forth on 6/30/2010 5:11 PM:
>> On 2010-06-29 4:16 PM, /dev/rob0 wrote:
>>> Virtual mailboxes have their place, of course, but they're overused,
>>> especially at small sites. I suppose this might be in part because 
>>> most HOWTOs are for virtual.

>> That's just plain silly. Virtual users are extremely simple to setup, no
>> need for MySQL unless you have a bunch.
>> That said, there is nothing wrong with using system users, if those
>> users also have/need shell access, but if they don't virtual users is
>> just as easy/legitimate as system users with no shell access.
>> It's more a matter of the individuals skill level.

> So exactly what does this say about the skill level of people who have
> implemented, and continue to implement, both solutions, Charles?

That they are most likely capable of determining for themselves if/when
to use system user and when to use virtual users?

I don't get the question...


Best regards,


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