[Dovecot] question about snarf plugin in dovecot 2

Tom Lieuallen toml at engr.orst.edu
Sat Dec 4 00:19:56 EET 2010

I'm trying to get the snarf plugin working with dovecot 2.0.7. 
Specifically, I want to use the UW-IMAP style optional snarfing.

I'm looking at the wiki2 documentation.  The first question is whether 
the UW-IMAP optional snarfing will require any changes to the 
mail_location.  The first section suggests (but doesn't specifically 
state, which I'd propose be clarified) that mail_location be updated to 
point at ~/mbox for INBOX.  However, with the optional snarfing, 
sometimes inbox will be at /var/mail and for some users, it'll be 
~/mbox.  What, if anything, do I do to mail_location?

Does it matter where (in which config file) the plugin block is placed? 
I put all of my snarf configuration in 10-mail.conf.  It's not working; 
not snarfing and not reading mail from ~/mbox  (how would it, I have yet 
to tell it to).

The following are excerpts from 10-mail.conf

mail_location = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u:INDEX=/a2/imap-index/%u
namespace {
   type = private
   separator = /
   prefix =
   inbox = yes
namespace snarf {
   prefix = /snarf
   separator = /
   location = 
   list = no
   hidden = yes

plugin {
   snarf = /snarf/INBOX
   mbox_snarf = ~/mbox

Thank you

BTW, the dovecot-2.0.7/docs/wiki appear to be from wiki1, not wiki2...  :-)

Tom Lieuallen
Oregon State University

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