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MBOX to MAILDIR ????

Discussion in 'E-mail Discussions' started by furquan, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. furquan

    furquan Well-Known Member

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    Hello All,

    I am thinking to convert the mbox format to maildir format on my Cpanel server and before i do that i would like to know if any one here has done this OR is any one here aware of the consequences that can arise if i go ahead.

    Any heads up would be appreciated.


    Here are some hints:

    _The_ mbox to maildir converter:
    http://perfectmaildir.home-dn.net/

    What is maildir format and why:
    http://www.qmail.org/man/man5/maildir.html

    Mbox vs maildir:
    http://www.courier-mta.org/mbox-vs-maildir/

    Maildir softquotas:
    http://www.inter7.com/courierimap/README.maildirquota.html

    Regards,
     
  2. chirpy

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    Apart from the fact that it won't work with exim/cppop, I can't think of any reason not to ;)
     
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    Exim will support maildir, but cppop/cpimap will not.
    Also, everything in the control panel about mailboxes will NOT work.
    I've been meaning to install dovecot For exactly this reason(unlike courier-imap, which I also find to be very acceptable, dovecot supports the old-style mbox AND maildirs, so you can give maildirs to your special clients(provided the control panel would support it) and leave those who don't know the difference with mailbox.
    However, my understanding was that cpanel modified cppop and cpimap to strenghten their licensing scheme, and using gpl pop/imap mailboxes is incompatible with this strategy.
     
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    I've noticed that every version of Outlook I've seen used with IMAP on Cpanel servers gives constant timeout errors. Is this related to these locking issues or is it caused by something else? (if so, I'd love to know what!)

    These timeouts make IMAP fairly useless; I've no idea whether it's Outlook or cpimap - although I'm guessing cpimap as I'm using dovecot on another server without the timeout errors.

    Great work cpanel - thanks for adding maildir, it will make so many things easier ...
     
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    cpimap is UW IMAP which cannot cope with more than one connection. That's one problem. cppop has problems with locking with exim, which is another. The enhancement moves to courierimap which can cope with multiple connections to the same account, and the move to maildir in exim should resolve the POP3 locking issues.

    At least, that's how I read it :)
     
  7. brianoz

    brianoz Well-Known Member

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    Ahh ... my old adversary UW imap ... that thing has caused me so much pain over the last few years. It might have been good when it was the only implementation, but it's a pain to work with. I recently installed a solution using dovecot imap, which copes well with multiple connections.

    This makes sense as all the IMAP connections that have problems are with shared accounts.

    Whichever way one reads it, that's great news as it means that one day in the not-too-distant future IMAP will be usable with cpanel! Kudos to cpanel for responding so effectively to our requests.
     
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    The latest builds include maildir support as well as conversion scripts.
     
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    From the goings on of the changelog, I thought this should be the case.

    However, could you possibly point out the specifics?

    - in what way is maildir supported?
    - how does one enable it and where?

    I haven't spotted any obvious relevant features in WHM, and I don't really have the time to go digging around through /scripts/ right now to see what has changed!

    Just a few pointers would be good. I'm on 10.5.0-CURRENT_23 at present.
     
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    Sorry to drag up an OLD thread, but I'm dealing with the same thing. I've got a reseller account with WHM access. But I can't figure out how to do the conversion.
     
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    It's not a reseller issue, it's a root issue. The whole server runs one or the other, so the root user will have to make the call.
     
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    What is your motivation for using anything other than the conversion script provided by cPanel, which also seems to work great for me?
     
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    I have a very good explanation for that. I had no idea there's such a script included with cPanel!
     
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