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Bug 3935 - imap doesn't ignore recursive symbolic links while doing LIST's
imap doesn't ignore recursive symbolic links while doing LIST's
Product: Red Hat Raw Hide
Classification: Retired
Component: imap (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Cristian Gafton
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Reported: 1999-07-07 12:06 EDT by Jay Freeman
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 1999-08-27 20:55:32 EDT
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Description Jay Freeman 1999-07-07 12:06:26 EDT
If you do your standard  LIST "" *  command when you have
recursive symbolic links (which is actually common since
gnome likes to have the link ".gnome-desktop/Home
directory/" which points back to the home directory, which
of course has a .gnome-desktop in it...) imap continues
iterating deeper and deeper on a never ending quest to list
ALL the directories.  I noticed this when I was trying to
setup Outlook 2000 to use IMAP (although this should occur
in other versions as well, just never used them for IMAP
before) and requested a list of folders.
Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 1999-08-27 20:55:59 EDT
On my system imapd iterates over the recursive symlinks and outputs
them all until each dir listed reaches a size of PATH_MAX. It
certainly does not hang.

It is unclear to me if IMAP should really handle this case - I would
recommend asking the maintainers about a feature like this.

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