[plug] mta differences

Craig Ringer craig at postnewspapers.com.au
Fri Apr 16 20:41:39 WST 2004

On Fri, 2004-04-16 at 20:30, Ben Jensz wrote:
> Dovecot seems a bit buggy in my experience with it on Fedora (even with 
> the latest version) - at least as a POP3 server.
> My main grievances are that if the client is using LookOut

... then they're a nightmare for any mail server admin not using
Exchange AFAIK. The top 3 issues on the Cyrus IMAPd mailing list:
	berkley db corruption ( I hate bdb )
	problems setting up authentication (it's complicated in Cyrus)
	outlook and OE problems (buggy as hell)

I let my users use Outlook / OE on my mail server - but only if they can
figure out how install the SSL client certificate themselves, and only
from their home machines. Instructions are provided for Mozilla Mail (I
don't like it much, but it's cross platform and easy to roll custom
installers for). So far - 5 Mozilla users, 0 Outlook / OE users. The
users like the fact that Mozilla Mail is independent and separate to
their personal mail too, it's like they can click on a "POST email"

Perhaps some of the other "big" mail systems are designed to work with
OE, but more likely MS tests against some big commercial ones and
pronounces OE "working" if it passes on them. Standards... what

>  and wants to 
> leave a copy of message on server, then LookOut constantly sees every 
> message as new each and every time and of course keeps downloading all 
> the email as duplicates over and over again.  Its probably more than 
> likely something buggy in LookOut

Outlook and Outlook Express are very fussy about UUIDs and such in IMAP.
They also have some quirks about POP3 download behaviour and UIDL,
related to assumptions about value length and mail server behaviour.

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