[Dovecot] Fully virtualized w/ postfix?

Daniel L. Miller dmiller at amfes.com
Sun Apr 8 10:22:13 EEST 2007

tquidca at gmail.com wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I've poked through the archives and google and have not seen how do do 
> this.
> Is it possible to virtualize ALL emails on a system? That is, I want
> delivery only to e.g. /var/mail/vmail/domain.tld/user/Maildir/, and for
> authentication & userdb to:
> 1) Try /etc/passwd, and if someone is there, automatically append the
> "default" domain, otherwise,
> 2) Authenticate off a mysql db or similar.
> Is this kind of "fallthrough" user lookup and auth. possible with 
> dovecot? I
> assume the delivery can probably be done by just telling postfix to use
> dovecot as the local delivery agent.
> Thanks for your help!
> --JB
I don't know if it's what you want . . . but I recently converted our 
system to a pure virtual solution using Postfix, Dovecot, OpenLDAP, and 
Ldap-Account-Manager.  A minimum of configuration was needed for Postfix 
and Dovecot, and now all mail, local users & otherwise, goes to 
/var/mail/domain.com/username.  A single LDAP database holds it all - 
and I don't have to specify each user's mail folder.  I love it when 
flexible, reliable solutions work together.

Caveat - if you want to use maildrop, you DO need to specify the 
mailfolder.  I'm currently looking for an alternative LDA as a direct 
result of that - NOT procmail!


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