Subject: Re: FreeMail with NetBSD
To: None <>
From: Thomas Michael Wanka <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 12/01/2001 23:13:27

On 1 Dec 2001, at 22:30, Manuel Bouyer wrote:
> What's the interest of this ?

accessing the Maildirs without using the IMAP server seems to be 
faster and/or does not stress the server too much. (actually it seems 
to be faster, I cannot tell why exactly) 

> - in general we need an imap server anyway

If no imap server is needed you have another applikation to install.

> - if it can access the filesystem directly this means there is a suid
> root
>   program somewhere, accessible from the web server. I don't like this
>   very much

I see he potential problem. IIRC the webmail packages uid belong to 
the group that has rw access to the maildir.

> - a webmail using imap is compatible with any other MUA using imap

To my experience people do not understand what is going on. If they 
can access their mail through the webinterface and their MUA sooner 
or later some users will insist that "someone hacked the system and 
moved messages from the new dir to the read dir".