OT Shared Imap folders/accounts

Steve Campbell campbell at cnpapers.com
Thu Oct 9 15:30:02 IST 2008

Gareth wrote:
> I second the suggestion of using Cyrus.
> The only slight difference you will see is that Cyrus will maintain the
> read status for each user individually so you will need to get people to
> move emails to subdirectories when they have dealt with them.
> On Thu, 2008-10-09 at 14:58, Julian Field wrote:
>> A better IMAP server, such as cyrus-imapd, can do this for you with no 
>> problems. I use it here and have several shared IMAP mailboxes with no 
>> problems at all.
>> Even Exchange could do this for you :)
>> What are you trying to use at the moment?
>> Steve Campbell wrote:
>>> Not the place to ask, I'm sure, but maybe someone can point me to the 
>>> proper place or page.
>>> I've googled a while, and only became more confused, as what I'd like 
>>> to do is not techically a shared Imap account. What I've seen so far 
>>> is that an email account is set up with different users being able to 
>>> access this account. The "shared" part comes from a mailbox permission 
>>> of 1777 and/or group rights.
>>> The policy here, for as long as I can remember, is to have one IMAP 
>>> account and everyone access it with the same username and password. 
>>> This causes corruption, as you might guess.
>>> Is it truly just file permissions or group access to a mailbox, or 
>>> where should I turn to see the other magic that makes this work? I use 
>>> a standard Centos 3 install.
>>> Thanks, and sorry for the bother of OT.
>>> Steve Campbell
>> Jules
When you say "move them to subdirectories", does that mean they need to 
manually deal with this, or does it do it for them and they just need to 
get used to the difference.

I'll review the cyrus pages, but does anyone have experience in removing 
whatever I have and installing cyrus? I haven't searched yet for rpms, 
but imagine I'd do a rpm -e for the current.

The nice thing about the one installed by default is it works out of the 
package, even with our horde/imp install, so I'd need to tread lightly 
to keep the natives from getting upset.

I'm guessing from both of the replies that there is more to shared 
accounts than just permissions, then?



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