Bug 38886 - mbox driver of imap is broken
Summary: mbox driver of imap is broken
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: imap   
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Version: 7.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
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Assignee: Mike A. Harris
QA Contact: David Lawrence
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Reported: 2001-05-03 07:44 UTC by Dmitri A. Sergatskov
Modified: 2007-04-18 16:33 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2001-05-04 19:41:15 UTC
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Description Dmitri A. Sergatskov 2001-05-03 07:44:31 UTC
Description of Problem:

The mbox driver of imap is broken -- it does not move read mail into
~/mbox, nor it reads ~/mbox at all.

How Reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1.send e-mail (to $USER), see it in /vars/spool/mail/$USER 
2. as $USER, read it through imap

Actual Results:

mail still in /var/spool/mail/$USER

Expected Results:

mail moved to ~/mbox

Additional Information:

Imap compiled from scratch works as expected.

Comment 1 Stephen Walton 2001-05-04 19:41:11 UTC
This seems to have been a deliberate decision.  If you install (with 'rpm 
--install') the imap source RPM and look in /usr/src/redhat/SOURCES, you'll 
see a file imap-2000-redhat.patch which deliberately patches away the mbox 
handling.  I built a new version with this patch removed and it works fine.

Comment 2 Mike A. Harris 2001-05-07 10:48:08 UTC
The disabling of the mbox driver was intentional, and is not a bug. I've
got my own reasons for not wanting to re-enable the mbox driver, although
I don't know why Nalin disabled it initially as that predates my employment.

I've Cc'd Nalin so he can comment, but I'm closing the bug report as I don't
consider it a bug.

Comment 3 Stephen Walton 2001-05-11 18:53:55 UTC
OK, it isn't a bug, but I'd like to gently suggest it may have been a bad
decision.  If no mode 0600 file named 'mbox' exists in a user's home directory,
imapd doesn't use the mbox driver, so no real harm is done if it is enabled by
default.  In addition, disabling it by default requires those of us who use the
functionality to rebuild imapd from source;  the behavior can't be changed by
simply editing a config file somewhere.

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