[Dovecot] dovecot and avahi

Robert Moskowitz rgm at htt-consult.com
Tue Jan 1 21:02:43 EET 2013

On 01/01/2013 01:39 PM, Patrick Ben Koetter wrote:
> * Tom Hendrikx <dovecot at dovecot.org>:
>> On 01-01-13 18:01, Ben Morrow wrote:
>>> At  5PM +0100 on  1/01/13 you (Tom Hendrikx) wrote:
>>>> If you want to advertise your mail config for easy setup over the
>>>> internet, take a look at: http://www.automx.org/
>>> I thought most gooey mail clients supported RFC 6186 nowadays?
>>> Ben
>> As you can see from their docs, it supports a lot more than what you can
>> put in SRV DNS records AFAIK. I don't use either of the solutions
>> actively, and don't support any client setups so I don't really know
>> what is currently available in clients, and needed or superior on server
>> side.
> automx combines Mozillas autoconfig service and Microsofts autodiscover
> service in one tool. With automx you can provision SMTP/POP/IMAP and
> ActiveSync account settings (but not the services themselves).
> Microsoft Outlook 2007+, Thunderbird 3+, Microsoft Mobiles and other mobiles
> known to support ActiveSync can make use of the automx webservice.
> Apple products do not support either MS' or MZ's provisioning services. AFAIK
> the only way to configure these clients is to store an XML file at a dedicated
> location in advance, use the Apple Configurator or go the real hard way and
> use Mobile Device Management (MDM) services.
> The aforementioned RFC 6186 has shortcommings compared to
> autodiscover/autoconfig-services: You can tell the service location (URI) and
> port, but you can't specify transport policies (plaintext, SSL, STARTTLS),
> authentication mechanisms etc. I would not want to use it in a business
> environment.

thank you very much for this analysis. SRV records were only intented to 
find the services that would then set up the policies. There is 
considerable pushback on using DNS for a general purpose database.  I 
had to fight for my HIP DNS RRs for holding just Host Identities.

I see that it can use SQL for some information handling.  Does it work 
with the sql tables managed by postfixadmin?

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