[Dovecot] dovecot for imap

Stewart Dean sdean at bard.edu
Mon Apr 30 21:54:03 EEST 2007

If you mean the folders (as opposed to the inbox) of a user, this is the 
way I understand the interaction between the subscription list and 
folder displays:
1) The purpose of subscription lists is to restrict the folders 
presented in the folder list.
2) I think that the default is for IMAP to look for use and use for a 
subscription list. There is, on some clients, a check box to disable 
subscription lists AND SHOW ALL FOLDERS, but this is, by default, set to 
enable, so that the IMAP client/server interaction is to look and use a 
subscription list.  This disablement configuration check box is buried 3 
levels down and not easy to find.
3) Since the subscription lists under UWIMAP have a different name 
(unless you've copied the content over into the name that DC is looking 
for), Dovecot does not find it and does not display folders.
4) After banging around awhile, the users start laboriously checking all 
the subscription boxes in order to see their folders.  In using the 
subscription list to SEE folders, they are using them exactly 
backwards.  What they should be doing is (in a box hidden in advanced 
config) turning off subscription lists...but that's hard to find.
5) Everybody is aggravated

Since sometimes the folders displayed can weirdly not match what is in 
the old subscription list OR there can be multiple subscripiton list 
scattered around the user's homedir, a co-worker here had a bright 
idea:  when migrating from UWIMAP, don't copy the existing subscription 
list to the .subscriptions file that DC wants, instead do this:
ls -1 ~/mail > ~/mail/.subscriptions.

After migration, all users should see all folders...and the few that 
actually use subscription lists to restrict what they see can be dealt 
with easily.

That's how I see it...but maybe I'm getting it wrong.......

dhottinger at harrisonburg.k12.va.us wrote:
> Quoting Charles Marcus <CMarcus at Media-Brokers.com>:
>> dhottinger at harrisonburg.k12.va.us wrote:
>>> I have been using uw-imap on my mailserver.  I tried briefly to use 
>>>  dovecot with the default config.  It seem to work faster, but 
>>> users  imap folders (user accounts are in openldap) disappeared.  Is 
>>> there  a sample config somewhere I can look at to get some idea how 
>>> to  configure dovecot so all the imap folders users created will 
>>> appear  when I make the switch?  Most of my users login via Horde.   
>>> Server  is an FC6 box, dovecot installed via yum install.
>> Google is your friend:
>> http://wiki.dovecot.org/MissingMailboxes
>> -- 
>> Best regards,
>> Charles
> Sort of missed that when looking at the wiki.
> Sorry,
> ddh

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