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Re: kaddressbook + openldap

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
with Postfix).

> 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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