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Old 01-14-2008, 08:04 AM   #1
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Dovecot & Outlook

# rpm -qa | grep dovecot

# cat /etc/redhat-release
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.1 (Tikanga)

# uname -a
Linux linux 2.6.18-53.el5xen #1 SMP Wed Oct 10 16:48:44 EDT 2007 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

# dovecot -n
# 1.0.7: /etc/dovecot.conf
log_path: /var/log/dovecot.log
info_log_path: /var/log/dovecot.log
login_dir: /var/run/dovecot/login
login_executable(default): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login
login_executable(imap): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login
login_executable(pop3): /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3-login
login_process_size: 64
mail_location: maildir:~/Maildir
mail_executable(default): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap
mail_executable(imap): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap
mail_executable(pop3): /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3
mail_plugin_dir(default): /usr/lib64/dovecot/imap
mail_plugin_dir(imap): /usr/lib64/dovecot/imap
mail_plugin_dir(pop3): /usr/lib64/dovecot/pop3
auth default:
verbose: yes
debug: yes
driver: pam
driver: ldap
args: /etc/dovecot-ldap.conf
driver: passwd
driver: ldap
args: /etc/dovecot-ldap.conf
I configured dovecot as a service to provide imap/imaps. Tests with mutt were successful. However dovecot should be accessible from Outlook. While the user is able to use the IMAP mailbox, there are several issues.

The user transfered ~2GB of Mails to the dovecot server because it should be used as a mail archive. During mail transport the connection broke and now some mailbox folders could not be deleted via Outlook.

Even when deleted in the maildir by hand, Outlook seems to cache the files and the folder is still there.

Are there any compatibility issues with dovecot and Outlook or do I need special configuration settings? It seems that Outlook does not speak IMAP very well...
Old 01-14-2008, 09:16 AM   #2
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Outlook is terrible for IMAP. You would be surprised to know that Outlook Express works very well with IMAP but not regular Outlook. I guess Outlook was designed mostly for use with Exchange. Try another client like Thunderbird.
Old 02-07-2008, 05:33 PM   #3
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I have this in dovecot.conf and our users seem happy
client_workarounds = outlook-pop3-no-nuls oe6-fetch-no-newmail outlook-idle


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