[Dovecot] Maildir Seen Flags not heeded when dovecot-shared present

Timo Sirainen tss at iki.fi
Tue Jun 26 23:49:28 EEST 2012

On 26.6.2012, at 21.34, J E Lyon wrote:

> After many hours of searching (!) and lots of testing procmail scripts, I found the explanation I was looking for -- something you explained at http://www.dovecot.org/list/dovecot/2008-July/032551.html
> That explains it.
> Thing is, though, every time I've seen shared mailboxes -- really shared by multiple staff or not -- the preference is in fact for the shared behaviours to also "share" the Seen flags. Typically, someone doesn't want to read an email that someone else has already picked up and started dealing with or responded to. (They'll file it in due course, but the Seen flag is the first indicator that someone's opened and started to deal with it.)
> Hacking source code and branching and whatnot isn't easy or done lightly, but I wondered if anything else had come to light in recent years about this issue.

So you don't want shared seen flags? You can simply not create dovecot-shared file nowadays. It's not necessary. The only other purpose for it was as the template for file permissions, but those are nowadays taken from the maildir itself: http://wiki2.dovecot.org/SharedMailboxes/Permissions

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