Cyrus WebMail

Ken Murchison murch at
Thu Dec 1 09:20:09 EST 2005

info-cyrus at wrote:
> -- Ken Murchison said the following on 12/1/05 7:31 AM:
>> FWIW, I brought this up at our last dept meeting and it wasn't shot 
>> down as a ridiculous idea.  CMU is looking to improve its webmail 
>> facility on campus (currently SquirrelMail), and a new Cyrus httpd 
>> service is one possibility.
> Interesting.
> Ya know, what I find most interesting about a service like gmail is the 
> fast searching. Cyrus has got squatter, but as I indicated before, 
> really need something to control what mailboxes I squat at night because 
> simply cannot squat the entire server every night.

Have you looked at using the /vendor/cmu/cyrus-imapd/squat annotation 
and 'squatter -a'?

> The other thing that gmail and Zimbra offer, seems to me, is seamless 
> searching across folders. Not sure how/if Cyrus could deal with that 
> since seems to me to be largely a client issue.

There has been (still is?) discussion of an MSEARCH command which does 
searching across folders.  The undocumented SCAN command which is used 
by Pine and UW IMAP is a LIST variant which will search or a string and 
return the mailboxes (NOT messages) in which the string occurs.  This 
can help a client narrow its focus for the necessary SEARCHes.  I have a 
working patch to add SCAN to Cyrus which I may get back to.

Kenneth Murchison
Systems Programmer
Carnegie Mellon University

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