sendmail with dovecot with nologin account

Jonathan Horne freebsd at
Wed Apr 18 01:37:33 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 17 April 2007 19:55:18 David Banning wrote:
> > >For mail-only users with-out a shell, what is the best way to direct
> > >mail to them in Maildir format within ~/Maildir - maybe directly from
> > >.forward?
> >
> > Not an expert but I am just starting to think about moving from mbox to
> > mdir on my home server, so Id be interested in how you get on.
> > man procmail says
> >       If  no rcfiles and no -p have been specified on the command line,
> Well as to my problem, it turns out that a shell is not needed for
> procmailrc to work. It was the permissions on the users home directory
> that caused me grief.
> On the use of mdir, I am not yet a veteran user but so far I like
> it. It seems fast. I really like having each file separate, since
> I am backing up the users mail; with mdir I can backup only the
> new email which saves a lot of time on backup. I am sold on imap
> P
> as a mail delivery process. I was using imap-uw but it was not possible
> to create subdirectories with mail clients.
> Two webmail clients, squirrelmail, and round-cube are both excellent
> for imap use.  For mbox to mdir conversion, I used mb2md which kept
> the original file date in tact - (better than mbox2mdir in the
> ports) I used the page
> for reference which provides some good examples to automatically
> setup directories and convert mailboxes.
> All said, simple to setup and run. Dovecot also includes pop3 if
> you want to run it. If you have any questions you can try me.
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david, instead of squirrelmail, take a look at squirreloutlook.  same authors 
i believe, but the interface is much more modern feeling.

Jonathan Horne
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