Dbox and Exim

Philon bytesplit at gmail.com
Thu Oct 9 16:03:57 UTC 2014

Hi Chuck,

I’m really curious as to if I really understand you correctly. Neither Exim
nor Postfix do need to support any mailbox format. They both should hand
incoming mail to either LDA or LMTP. You can use sieve and managesieve for
filtering and there even is a Thunderbird plugin for managing the filters.
So all in all it should be pretty convenient. I don't see why dovecot
should not be able to handle multiple GBs of mail, even on a local network.


You might want to check here:

2014-10-09 14:20 GMT+02:00 C Peters <chuck.peters at gmail.com>:

> The Dovecot wiki [1] doesn't list either Exim, Postfix or anything
> else as supporting the dbox.  I did some searching in the Exim
> archives and have found only one message mentioning dbox, sdbox or
> mdbox. [2]  I think an RFC would go a long way towards getting the
> format supported.  Has Timo, or anyone else, considered submitting an
> RFC to the IETF?
> My question was how are we going to use it if Exim doesn't support it.
> It looks like we can filter it and convert it with dovecot-lda.  [3]
> I have generally avoided using Procmail for a few years because of
> various problems and it's a dead software project that hasn't been
> developed in what 15 to 20 years.  I am thinking about trying it with
> Exim's built in Maildrop filtering support. Has anybody tried that?
> What else are people using to enable dbox?
> The more specific question on the problem I am trying to solve.  I
> have been using mbox for years, and I can't even get Dovecot, IMAP and
> Thunderbird working on the LAN because it can't handle the GB's of old
> mail.  Mutt works on the local machine, but I want something that
> works while I am using something other than ssh and mutt.  For example
> I want to try Mailpile and K9.  I would like to try dbox, but given
> it's lack of support in Exim or Postfix, I'll probably convert to
> maildir.
> Thanks,
> Chuck
> 1. http://wiki2.dovecot.org/MailboxFormat
> 1.  https://lists.exim.org/lurker/message/20110220.014144.87010abd.en.html
> Thread view:
> https://lists.exim.org/lurker/thread/20110216.223226.015539ba.en.html#i20110216.223226.015539ba
> 2. http://ramblings.narrabilis.com/mdboxprocmail

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