[Dovecot] LDA vs. LMTP

Jan Behrend jbehrend at mpifr-bonn.mpg.de
Mon Jul 29 10:30:16 EEST 2013

On 07/26/2013 05:45 PM, Martin Burgraf wrote:
> Hi there,
> I'm using Dovecot together with Postfix; as I understand it, there are two ways to transfer the mail from Postfix to Dovecot.
> 1.) by using LDA with mailbox_command = /usr/libexec/dovecot/dovecot-lda -f "$SENDER" -a "$RECIPIENT"
> 2.) by using LMTP with mailbox_transport = lmtp:unix:private/dovecot-lmtp
> (currently using number 1)
> I'm interessted in the differences and the advantages/disadvantages of each of those solutions.

You cannot use the LDA method if SMTP and IMAP services reside on
different machines, which would be the case in larger scale mail system

My advice is to go with LMTP anyway!

Cheers Jan

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