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

Jerry dovecot.user at seibercom.net
Fri Jul 2 19:59:20 EEST 2010

On Fri, 02 Jul 2010 11:11:12 -0400
Charles Marcus <CMarcus at Media-Brokers.com> articulated:

>  # postconf -n | grep delay_warning
> delay_warning_time = 15m
>  #
> Other than that I agree absolutely with the rest, except to note that
> most of this monitoring can be done automatically with tools designed to
> *watch* for warning signs, and this *may* have been what Noel was
> silently referring to...

I don't speak for Noel; however, that is precisely what I was referring
to. There are numerous tools available to monitor system functions,
mail systems, etc. The concept of having to review potentially
thousands of pages of data every day is to maintain a mail system is
unfathomable. If the senior mail system maintainer is discovering huge
numbers of messages stuck in queue on a virtually daily basis it would
indicate that something is not configured correctly. Yes, things do go
wrong. However, if they are going wrong as a routine event then
something else is the root cause. Usually, discovering the source of
that problem is no more difficult than looking into a mirror.

People tend to exaggerate the difficulty of their job to justify its or
their existence. There is really only one truly difficult job and that
is a highway flag man. I know it to be true because after observing
thousands of them in my time, no one can do it correctly.

Now, before Stan gets his knickers in a knot, I am not implying that
the job of maintaining a system is not essential. Obviously it is.
However, it is not rocket science or brain surgery. Yes, it takes
training and dedication. The problem is that way too many individuals
develop rotator cuff problems from patting them selves on the back for
doing a routine job. Or to put it in the vernacular, "Get over

In any case, I am out of here. This thread has nothing to do with
Dovecot, Thunderbird or virtual mailboxes (thanks to whoever hijacked
the tread and changed the subject.)

Jerry ✌
Dovecot.user at seibercom.net

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