this IMAP stuff is kicking my @$$...
Eric F Crist
ecrist at secure-computing.net
Fri Jan 14 18:18:44 PST 2005
On Jan 14, 2005, at 6:29 PM, Chuck Swiger wrote:
> Eric F Crist wrote:
> [ ... ]
>> What I need is a slightly different setup for my users. As I
>> mentioned in an earlier email, I want to install an IMAP server.
>> From what I've gleaned from various sources, I need to change from
>> mbox format to maildir. Is this correct?
> No, there exist IMAP servers which work just fine with the classic
> mbox format. Take a look at /usr/ports/mail/imap-uw in particular.
>> Also, I've come to the understanding that IMAP uses a totally
>> internal MTA, and thus a different user database?
> Many IMAP servers support external databases for holding users instead
> of, or in addition to, the standard Unix user accounts. Some use SASL
> (Cyrus), some use database access via MySQL or some such (Dovecot,
> Courier, others?).
>> Can someone point me in the right direction? I've kinda got
>> courier-imap installed from ports, but I can't log in. First off,
>> how can I configure courier-imap to use the system accounts? If I
>> can get this, I can probably work through the SSL/TLS for IMAP,
>> amongst other things.
> If you're having configuration issues with Courier, drop back ten
> yards and punt by trying the UW IMAP server. It has zero runtime
> configuration options, so it basicly can't be misconfigured. (Well,
> compile-time options can affect things, but the port will do the right
> thing for FreeBSD.)
> On the positive side, UW IMAP was written by Mark Crispin, who was one
> of the authors of the IMAP protocol. On the minus side, the security
> history of the UW-IMAP software and the associated MUA pine is
> somewhat grim-- perhaps best compared to the security woes of
Here's my final question: SquirrelMail config. I've got egroupware
working flawlessly with IMAP-UW. I use my standard unix user/pass for
mail retrieval. In SquirrelMail, I get an invalid user/pass error?
What am I missing?
Eric F Crist "I am so smart, S.M.R.T!"
Secure Computing Networks -Homer J Simpson
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