cyrus-overview.html - authentication and mailboxes sections

Craig Ringer craig at
Wed Nov 5 01:25:10 EST 2003

Hi folks

Just a quick comment about the document:

The note at the top states that "This document has not been reviewed in 
detail since 1997. However, the technical content is still basically 
valid. We hope to review and update it soon." This seems mostly true, 
but the authentication/authorization section appears to bear little 
resemblance to the current sasl-based scheme. Perhaps it's worth noting 
in the document that the authentication/authorisation is now more 
complex than just '(kerberos_v4|shadow)'.

Also, perhaps it'd be good to add a short note under the mailboxes 
database section, explaining about mailbox backups. Something like "If 
you have a berkley-db mailbox database you should also make a plaintext 
backup using:
	su - cyrus -c "ctl_mboxlist -d" > /var/imap/mailboxes.txt

After all, it's possible that Cyrus may need to be bought up quickly on 
a new system that may not use the same db scheme - yes?

I realise that the document is out of date, but it seems worth making a 
few updates if it's to remain so prominent (linked to from the Cyrus 

Craig Ringer

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