Renaming A User

Simon Matter simon.matter at
Tue Mar 21 01:49:01 EST 2006

> Hi all
> I Googled it and looked over the archives and couldn't find a
> definitive answer, so I'm going to ask here...
> I have a user who got married and changed her name.  On the UNIX side
> of things, the name change is pretty easy.  I can handle this part.
> The part where I'm having trouble is with the name change in cyradm.
> I found the old documentation from the O'Reilly book.  However,
> that's apparently extremely out of date.  I tried to find an updated
> version of "Managing IMAP", but there is apparently not enough call
> for it.  I have some pretty heavy lifting to do in the next few
> months and would like to have a good reference.
> On a different list, someone flippantly suggested I just rename the
> user in cyradm.  Is this prudent?  If she has a lot of sub-mailboxes,
> will they all make it over in the newer versions of cyrus?  As I
> recall, this wasn't completely functional at the time the book was
> written.

You need 'allowusermoves: yes' in /etc/imapd.conf to make renaming work.
Then, when you rename, make absolutely sure the user is not logged in
while renaming in cyradm.


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