[Dovecot] dovecot is confused about mail_location

Noel Butler noel.butler at ausics.net
Thu Nov 25 11:31:04 EET 2010

On Thu, 2010-11-25 at 02:50 -0500, Eric Raymond wrote:
> Noel Butler <noel.butler at ausics.net>:
> > So, do we conclude from this your issue is now resolved?
> Possible, but not verified. If I mess with the mail system for
> diagnostic purposes I risk breaking it before my wife has caught up
> with her week's backlog of email.  This would make her more unhappy
> than the diagnostic information can justify.  So I am not, not, *not*
> going to touch it for a few days.
> I can say that I think I have narrowed the problem down to one of two causes:
> (1) mail_location being misconfigured, with diagnostic problems
> bedeviling me because dovecot.conf is a persistent daemon that has to
> be SIGHUPped to read its config, rather than an inetd plugin.
> (2) Some weird permissions problem scewing up location autodetection, 
> which I solved shotgun-fashion by adding Cathy to all the groups I'm 
> a member of.
> The evidence for theory (2) is that I was able to fetch mail even when
> mail_location was misconfigured. At some point I'll back Cathy out of these
> groups and see if her fetches break.
> Matters were not helped by the fact that Thunderbird is fluky and
> overcomplicated. When you have a fetch failure with one of these
> GUIfied MUAs like Thunderbird or KMail it can be difficult to tease
> apart client-side problems from IMAP server issues.  Fetchmail plus
> mutt is way superior from a troubleshooting point of view.
> I shall probably blog a rant about this latter issue soon.

hehe, OK, so long as things are working which is the goal, TB is horrid,
I detest it, my staff detest it, I tell em to tell users to use a real
client :) being a Gnome fan, it has to be evolution.

fetchmail is good, I use it for my 'more general` mailing lists account
which differs from this one, thats the one like linux kernel and bunch
of others that gets around 300 msgs plus a day, so of course I only skim
over them using pine :)

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