Re: kaddressbook + openldap
- From: "Patrick O'Callaghan" <pocallaghan@xxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 10 Oct 2008 11:24:41 -0430
On Fri, 2008-10-10 at 11:26 +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
Patrick O'Callaghan wrote:
I use dovecot IMAP to keep email on one machine,
and basically would like to extend this to distribution lists.
This is where you lose me. I can understand wanting to define a list as
the result of an LDAP query (rather than having to enumerate all the
members) but you can do that via your MTA. For example we have public
IMAP lists defined for "all students", "all faculty" and so on, by
tweaking our Postfix config. I don't know much about Dovecot but I
imagine it can also do this. Involving a mail client just seems to be
the wrong way to go about it.
I'm not sure what you mean by an IMAP list?
I don't see any facility in dovecot to create lists.
(Nb I'm almost completely ignorant of dovecot/IMAP.)
My bad. I was stupidly forgetting that Dovecot is an IMAP server, not an
MTA. I should have said you can configure your MTA to do this (as we did
Actually, I found it was only moderately painful
to create kaddressbook distribution lists
from an LDAP address book.
Basically, I listed all the entries in the book in kaddressbook.
This lists the "o" attribute, which I use for distinguishing entries,
and one can go through the list marking entries
with Shift-Left Button, and then add all the marked entries
to a specified distribution list.
I know I could - probably should - have used something like mailman.
But I'm rather taken with the idea of keeping all information
in an LDAP directory on one machine,
which can be accessed over the web.
Going back to my original point, this is fine as far as it goes, but you
lose the funcionality of a list manager (e.g. users can
subscribe/unsubscribe, moderation, digests, password reminders etc.).
Anyway, horses for courses.
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