[sclug] Mail Server silly question

Scott Rixon scott at green-flag.com
Wed Dec 10 21:54:13 UTC 2003

So not a silly question... 

I am among other things an M$ Exchange admin.. So I always look from
that view point (Used to be a Lotus Notes admin once!)

And yes it does lock the IMAP server I am using.. I might have to have a



On Wed, 2003-12-10 at 09:23, James Wyper wrote:
> Can't say I've tried this so don't know if it would work but..
> IMAP mailboxes reside in the user's home directory.  Depending on the
> variant of IMAP you are using (Cyrus / UW / whatever) and the mailbox
> format you will either have one file in the home directory per mail
> folder, or one directory per folder with one file per message inside
> it.
> This solution will work reasonably well for the
> one-file-per-mail-folder format but not the other one.  Note also that
> some mailbox formats are picky about concurrent access (the traditional
> unix "mbox" format for example; the "C-Client mbx" format supported by
> UW imap, which I use, can handle concurrent access OK).
> Try using chgrp to put all these mail files into a group that both
> users can read (and only those users), then create symbolic links
> between the home directory of user B and the mail files in user A's
> home directory.  (The cp command has useful options to create symbolic
> links recursively, but you probably knew that).
> You may want to chmod the mail files so that user A can write to them
> but user B can only read them; however this * might * cause problems as
> I think the IMAP server would attempt to mark messages as read when
> user B opens them.
> You may need to set something up that refreshes the symlinks
> periodically if user A creates new mail folder files.
> As I said, I really don't know if this will work or not (I can't think
> why it wouldn't work with UW Imap), but it's easy (and reversible)
> enough to be worth a try.  
> James.
>  --- Scott Rixon <scott at green-flag.com> wrote: > Hi people.....
> > 
> > Silly question...
> > 
> > I have a couple of users set up on my mail server.. It's a RedHat 9
> > box
> > running with IMAP. How can you give one user the permission to open
> > the
> > other users mail?
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > 
> > Scott
> > 
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