Craig White craigwhite at
Thu Sep 21 01:07:05 EDT 2006

On Wed, 2006-09-20 at 23:51 -0400, Jorey Bump wrote:
> 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.
I must be a moron then because I just run reconstruct without shutting
down anything. It's always seemed to work for me.


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