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Original documentation for the merged autocomplete patch below. It would be great to tidy this up. Cyrus IMAP autocreate Inbox patch ---------------------------------- NOTE : This patch has been created at the University of Athens. For more info, as well as more patches on Cyrus IMAPD server, please visit http://email.uoa.gr/ NOTE : Patch updated for Cyrus IMAP 2.4.x by Martin Matuska <mm@FreeBSD.org> The design of Cyrus IMAP server does not predict the automatic creation of users' INBOX folders. The creation of a user's INBOX is considered to be an external task, that has to be completed as part of the user email account creation procedure. Hence, to create a new email account the site administrator has to: a) Include the new account in the user database for the authentication procedure (e.g. sasldb, shadow, mysql, ldap). b) Create the corresponding INBOX folder. Alternatively, the user, if succesfully authenticated, may create his own INBOX folder, as long as the configuration of the site allows it (see "autocreatequota" in imapd.conf). Unlike what not careful readers may think, enabling the "autocreatequota" option, doesn't lead to the automatic INBOX folder creation by Cyrus IMAP server. In fact, "autocreate" means that the IMAP clients are allowed to automatically create the user INBOX. This patch adds the functionality of automatic creation of the users' INBOX folders into the Cyrus IMAP server. It is implemented as two features, namely the "create on login" and "create on post". Create on login =============== This feauture provides automatic creation of a user's INBOX folder when all of the following requirements are met: i) The user has succesfully passed the authentication procedure. ii) The user's authorisation ID (typically the same as the user's authentication ID) doesn't belong to the imap_admins or admins accounts (see imapd.conf). iii) The "autocreatequota" option in the imap configuration file has been set to a non zero value. iv) The corresponding to the user's authorisation ID INBOX folder does not exist. The user's first login is the most typical case when all four requirements are met. Note that if the authenticated ID is allowed to proxy to another account for which all of the above requirements are met, the corresponding INBOX folder for that account will be created. Create on post ============== This feauture provides automatic creation of a user's INBOX folder when all of the following requirements are met. i) An email message addressed to the user has been received. ii) The recipient is not any of the imap_admins or admins accounts. Note that passing emails to admins or imap_admins accounts from the MTA to LMTP should be avoided in any case. iii) The recipient's INBOX does not exist. iv) The "autocreatequota" option in the imap configuration file has been set to a non zero value. v) The "createonpost" option in the imap configuration file has been switched on. Besides the automatic creation of INBOX folder, additional functionalities are provided: (A) Automatic creation of INBOX subfolders controlled by "autocreateinboxfolders" configuration option. eg autocreateinboxfolders: sent|drafts|spam|templates (B) Automatic subscription of INBOX subfolders controlled by "autosubscribeinboxfolders" configuration option. eg autosubscribeinboxfolders: sent|spam Obviously, only subscription to subfolders included in the "autocreateinboxfolder" list is meaningful. (C) Automatic subscription to shared folders (bulletin boards). The user gets automatically subscribed to the shared folders declared in the "autosubscribesharedfolders" configuration option in imapd.conf. eg autosubscribesharedfolders: public_folder | public_folder.subfolder In order the above action to succeed, the shared folder has to pre-exist the INBOX creation and the user must have the appropriate permissions in order to be able to subscribe to the shared folder. * A new config option has been added. 'autosubscribe_all_sharedfolders' is a yes/no option. When set to yes, the user is automatically subscribed to all shared folders one has permission to subscribe to. Please, note that when this option is set to yes, then 'autosubscribesharedfolders' option is overriden. (D) Automatic creation of a predefined default sieve script. This is very useful when a default sieve script is used for every user. Usually, a default anti-spam script may me be written in a file and copied to each user sieve scripts upon the INBOX creation. The imapd.conf options that have been added are 'autocreate_sieve_script', 'autocreate_sieve_compiledscript' and 'generate_compiled_sieve_script'. autocreate_sieve_script configuration option refers to the full path of the file that contains the sieve script. The default value is null and if no file is defined, then no default script is created upon INBOX creation. (The feature is disabled) eg autocreate_sieve_script: /etc/default_sieve_script autocreate_sieve_compiledscript configuration option refers to the full path of the file that contains the bytecode compiled sieve script. If this filename is defined in imapd.conf and the file exists, then it is automatically copied in the user's sieve directory. If it is not defined, then a bytecode sieve script gets on the fly compiled by the daemon. eg autocreate_sieve_compiledscript: /etc/default_sieve_script.bc generate_compiled_sieve_script is a boolean option that triggers the compilation of the source sieve script to bytecode sieve script. The file that the bytecode script will be saved is pointed by autocreate_sieve_compiledscript. Ways of compiling a sieve script : 1. Compile a sieve script using the standard sievec utility, distributed by CMU 2. Compile a sieve script using the compile_sieve utility, released by UoA. This tool is almost identical to the sievec utility, with the difference that it reads the input and output file from autocreate_sieve_script and autocreate_sieve_compiledscript options in imapd.conf 3. Let cyrus create a compiled sieve script using a source script. Cyrus can be instructed to save the compiled script any time a compiled script does not exist. NOTES : 1. In order this functionality to work, the following requirements must have been met: - 'sieveusehomedir' option must be 'no' in the configuration (default). - 'sievedir' option must have a valid value. 2. Currently, this patch checks the validity of the source script while generating a bytecode compiled script, but not the validity of the bytecode sieve script file. The administrator should make sure that the provided files contain a valid sieve script as well as the compiled script is updated every time the source script changes. (E) The administrator may control for which users and/or groups may the INBOXes automatically be created. The autocreate_users option restricts the groups for which the patch will create the mailboxes. The default value of autocreate_users is anyone. So, if not set at all, the patch will work for all users. However, one may set: autocreate_users: user1 user2 group:group1 group:group2 In that case, the INBOX will be created only for user1, user2 and the users that belong to group1 and group2. More refined control per service is provided by the options imap_autocreate_users, pop3_autocreate_users and lmtp_autocreate_users. These options override the autocreate_users option and offer per service control. Example: One may want to restrict the create on post functionality only for a specific group of users. To achieve this, the following lines must be added in the imapd.conf file: createonpost: yes lmtp_autocreate_users: group:groupname Issues to be considered ======================= I) In order to use the create on post feauture one should be absolutely sure that: a) The MTA checks the validity of the email recipient before sending the email to LMTP. This is an RFC821 requirement. This usually expands to "the mta should be able to use the account database as user mailbox database". b) Only authorised accounts/services can talk to LMTP. II) Especially in the case of imap logins, the current patch implementation checks for the INBOX folder existence upon login, causing an extra mailbox lookup in most of the cases. A better approach would be to chase the "IMAP_MAILBOX_NONEXISTENT" error code and check if the error is associated with an INBOX folder. However, this would mess up Cyrus code. The way it was implemented may not have been the most performance optimised, but it produces a much cleaner and simple patch. Virtual Domains Support ======================= Virtual domains are supported by all versions of the patch for cyrus-imapd-2.2.1-BETA and later. However, it is not possible to declare different INBOX subfolders to be created or shared folders to be subscribed to for every domain. Things to be done ================= 1. Support MUPDATE It is within the developers' intentions to support the mupdate protocol, but serious design issues on future cyrus releases have to resolved first. 2. Select different attributes (quota, partition, sieve filter, etc) depending on the group a user belongs to. For more information and updates please visit http://email.uoa.gr/projects/cyrus/autocreate