subscribing for a user

Phil Chambers P.A.Chambers at
Thu Jul 17 06:32:01 EDT 2003

On Wed, 16 Jul 2003 16:33:47 +0100 (BST) Matt Bernstein <mb/cyrus at> 

> At 10:59 -0400 Mike Cathey wrote:
> >> What I ended up doing was , since I would know the passwd of the user I 
> >> logged on as the user using Mail::IMAPCLient module
> >> and sucscribed to the folder
> >
> >Same here.  I think there is a way to "proxy" as a user from an admin
> >account (ie. cyrus) though.
> >
> >Would anyone more informed than myself care to elaborate?
> I hacked the IMAP::Admin (nb not Cyrus::IMAP::Admin) module to do this. I
> sent my hack to its author, but I don't think it made it in:

> snip snip <patch cut out>

Thanks for that patch, I will consider applying it.  In the meantime I have 
discovered that the subscription list appears to be just a plain text file held in 
the configdirectory!  It is in the hashed subdirectory section under the user 
subdirectory of the directory given for "configdirectory" in /etc/imapd.conf.

I just create the file (named <username>.sub) containing each folder name followed 
by a tab character, one per line in alphabetic order.

If there is some reason why this will not always work then I would like to know.

Now I just need to sort out how to retain the message status information when I 
convert the BSD format to cyrus!  This appears to be in another file alongside the 
subscription file.  I just need to figure out the syntax.

Phil Chambers (postmaster at
University of Exeter

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