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Wed Sep 20 23:51:58 EDT 2006

Sarah Walters wrote:
> Benjamin,
>> I need to reconstruct everyone mailbox.  But should I need to take  
>> the mail server down?
>> or just have people close email and still allow incoming messages?
> Just queue the mail on your MTA (sendmail, postfix, exim, qmail,
> esoteric-server-of-your-choice). If they're not accessing the mail, it
> doesn't need to be delivered to their mailboxes anyway. So in short,
> yes, take it down. But leave your MTA up to accept mail. If you're using
> the patches to Cyrus to do recipient checking this will probably break
> though, so you might need to temporarily disable those checks and just
> accept all mail addressed to your domain whether the account exists or
> not.

IMHO, this is worse than shutting down the MTA temporarily, which allows 
mail to be queued on the sender's MTA. If the process runs within a 
reasonable amount of time, you restart Cyrus, the MTA, collect/reject 
mail as remote MTAs retry, and prevent becoming a backscatter source.

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