[Dovecot] 1.0alpha5 released

Stewart Dean sdean at bard.edu
Mon Dec 12 14:35:10 EET 2005

After an absence ('Where is Timo?'), he comes storming back!

Timo Sirainen wrote:

>We have now some new big features:
> - Beginnings of dbox mailbox format. It should work, but if you happen
>to delete/break index files, the mails aren't found again. So really not
>a good idea to use it for more than testing.
> - GSSAPI (Kerberos 5) support by Jelmer Vernooij with some fixes by
>pod at herald.ox.ac.uk
> - Added dictionary API to Dovecot, similar to what Postfix has. It can
>be used for getting/setting key=value pairs, which can be useful for
>many different purposes. For example it could be used to store mailbox
>metadata for ANNOTATEMORE extension. Implemented SQL backend for it. In
>future there should be berkeley DB backend at least.
>Also there could be some kind of proxy backend which would use UNIX
>socket to connect to dictionary server doing the actual work. This way
>each imap/lda process wouldn't have to connect to SQL server themself.
> - Quota plugin is now included. We also have now dictionary based quota
>support, which means the quota limits and values can be stored in SQL.
>However I haven't actually tested these changes yet, so there's a good
>chance the quota plugin doesn't actually work at all.
> - Created a new trash plugin which works only together with quota
>plugin. The point of it is to expunge mails from a list of configurable
>mailboxes whenever saving new mails would cause the account to go over
>quota. The oldest mails are expunged first, and only as many mails are
>expunged as is needed to save the new mail.
>For configuration it first looks up for ~/.dovecot.trash.conf, and then
>fallbacks to /etc/dovecot-trash.conf. The file format is 
>"<priority> <mailbox name>". It's possible to have multiple mailboxes
>with same priority. Lower number = higher priority. This plugin is also
>currently untested.
>The plugins are currently installed as shared libraries to plugin
>directory. At some point I'll add a configure option to select which
>plugins to compile directly into binaries. Possibly even do it by
>default for some plugins (quota).
>And smaller new features:
> - If LDAP lookup fails because connection gets closed, try retrying it
>again after reconnect. This is however untested, hopefully didn't break
>LDAP code completely..
> - %w variable in dovecot-auth contains password. Can be used to do eg.:
>password_query = select null as password from users where userid = '%u'
>and password = password('%w')
> - syslog_facility setting
>And fixes:
> - auth_cache was quite broken
> - adding keywords caused sometimes assert-crash
> - If login_greeting_capability = yes we could have sent the capability
>before dovecot-auth returned what auth mechanisms were available,
>forcing clients to use plaintext authentication
> - Lots of mbox fixes again..
> - userdb prefetch wasn't supposed to be uncommented in
>dovecot-example.conf in alpha4. Comment it out if you don't need it.
> - Don't crash with "out of memory" in 64bit systems
> - IDLE command might have crashed when finishing itself if there were
>lots of external changes
> - pop3_reuse_xuidl setting wasn't actually working

Stewart Dean, Unix System Admin, Henderson Computer Resources 
Center of Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York  12504  
sdean at bard.edu  voice: 845-758-7475, fax: 845-758-7035

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