Using user_deny.db

Michael Sofka sofkam at
Tue Sep 19 10:02:09 EDT 2017

We have many recalcitrant, bad, accounts constantly checking IMAP, long 
after the student has graduated.  I would like to use user_deny.db to 
simply tell them to go away.

First, would this offer an advantage?  That is, does "login" check 
user_deny.db before authenticating, or after?

Second, any examples of how to use cyr_dbtool (or other tool) to put 
entries into user_deny.db?

Finally, my reading of the documentation (2.4.17/18) is that 
user_deny.db is a flat file by default, so I will need to set 
userdeny_db to something like skiplist, or berkeley, etc.  Any 
suggestions on a good choice assuming the list could grow to a few 
thousand?  Any documentation on the sql option?

Thank You,

Michael D. Sofka               sofkam at
ITI Sr. Systems Programmer,   Email, TeX, Epistemology
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.

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