this IMAP stuff is kicking my @$$...

albi albi at
Fri Jan 14 15:44:16 PST 2005

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, this is not correct, it depends on which imap-software you should to
run, afaik courier-imap uses the Maildir only, but i know that there are
IMAP-servers which don't rely on the Maildir-format only

there are several scripts/programs on the net to convert mbox to 
maildir, and the other way around

> Also, I've come to the understanding that 
> IMAP uses a totally different internal MTA, and thus a different user 
> database?

no, cyrus-imapd does, but most, if not all, of the others don't by default

> 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.

after installation there's this text :

You will have to run /usr/local/share/courier-imap/mkimapdcert to create
a self-signed certificate if you want to use imapd-ssl.
And you will have to copy and edit the *.dist files to *
in /usr/local/etc/courier-imap.

1) assuming you're using courier-imap 4.0.1.x, do you have the following
in /etc/rc.conf ? :


2) did you look at /usr/local/etc/courier-imap/ ?
change imapd.cnf to your liking and run
that'll give you a self-made SSL-cert to use with courier-imapd-ssl

3) ps auxw|grep courier
should show imapd and the authdaemon running

4) take a look at /usr/local/etc/rc.d/ and read also /usr/ports/UPDATING


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