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27 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">32</td>
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29 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Maildir Location</td>
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31 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.2</td>
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33 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Last-Modified:</th><td class="field-body"><a class="reference" href="http://www.gentoo.org/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0032.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2007/04/21 03:13:16</a></td>
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35 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Author:</th><td class="field-body">Georgi Georgiev &lt;chutz&#32;&#97;t&#32;gg3.net&gt;</td>
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37 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Deferred</td>
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43 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">03-Nov-2004</td>
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45 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">03-Nov-2004</td>
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51 <p class="topic-title first"><a id="contents" name="contents">Contents</a></p>
52 <ul class="simple">
53 <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id4" name="id4">Abstract</a></li>
54 <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id5" name="id5">Motivation</a></li>
55 <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id6" name="id6">Rationale</a></li>
56 <li><a class="reference" href="#implementation" id="id7" name="id7">Implementation</a><ul>
57 <li><a class="reference" href="#maildir-variable" id="id8" name="id8">MAILDIR variable</a></li>
58 <li><a class="reference" href="#maildir-eclass" id="id9" name="id9">maildir.eclass</a></li>
59 <li><a class="reference" href="#patching-ebuilds" id="id10" name="id10">Patching ebuilds</a></li>
60 </ul>
61 </li>
62 <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id11" name="id11">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
63 <li><a class="reference" href="#references" id="id12" name="id12">References</a></li>
64 <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id13" name="id13">Copyright</a></li>
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68 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" id="abstract" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
69 <p>Ebuilds that install mail delivery agents often need to know the default
70 location of users' mailbox. When the mailbox is of a maildir type, there is no
71 set standard what the name of the directory should be. The most popular
72 extensions are &quot;Maildir&quot;, &quot;.Maildir&quot; and Gentoo has adopted its own &quot;.maildir&quot;
73 name.</p>
74 <p>This GLEP proposes a user-definable maildir location.</p>
75 </div>
76 <div class="section">
77 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" id="motivation" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
78 <p>To provide the means to change the default location of a maildir, that is
79 currently hardcoded in ebuilds.</p>
80 <p>The &quot;.maildir&quot; name is not adequate for most situations.</p>
81 <ul class="simple">
82 <li>&quot;Maildir&quot; is the defacto standard name for maildir mailboxes.</li>
83 <li>People transferring e-mail configuration from other systems prefer to keep
84 the original naming conventions.</li>
85 <li>In a virtual hosting environment, having a hidden file in a directory
86 dedicated for e-mail delivery is not a plus.</li>
87 <li>All postfix and qmail related documentation gives &quot;Maildir&quot; as an example
88 name.</li>
89 </ul>
90 </div>
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92 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" id="rationale" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
93 <p>The following comments were made in a discussion <a class="footnote-reference" href="#bugreport" id="id1" name="id1">[1]</a> on the Gentoo
94 bugzilla</p>
95 <ul class="simple">
96 <li>The default location should be specified in <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">rc.conf</span></tt></li>
97 <li>Preventing users from shooting themselves in the foot is not an issue</li>
98 </ul>
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101 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" id="implementation" name="implementation">Implementation</a></h1>
102 <p>A <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">maildir.eclass</span></tt> has been submitted to Bug 52076 <a class="footnote-reference" href="#bugreport" id="id2" name="id2">[1]</a>.</p>
103 <p>Patches that implement features similar to this GLEP have already been
104 submitted to Bug 52076 <a class="footnote-reference" href="#bugreport" id="id3" name="id3">[1]</a>.</p>
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106 <h2><a class="toc-backref" href="#id8" id="maildir-variable" name="maildir-variable">MAILDIR variable</a></h2>
107 <p>The default location for maildir delivery is specified by the <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt>
108 variable. This variable is specified in <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">rc.conf</span></tt>.</p>
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111 <h2><a class="toc-backref" href="#id9" id="maildir-eclass" name="maildir-eclass">maildir.eclass</a></h2>
112 <p>This eclass exports a <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt> variable to the ebuilds that inherit it. If
113 <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt> has not been specified in <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">rc.conf</span></tt> the eclass exports
114 <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">MAILDIR=.maildir</span></tt> for backwards compatibility reasons.</p>
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117 <h2><a class="toc-backref" href="#id10" id="patching-ebuilds" name="patching-ebuilds">Patching ebuilds</a></h2>
118 <p>Since most ebuilds that currently need to know what the maildir delivery
119 location is already take the default <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">.maildir</span></tt> location into account when
120 installing, modifying ebuilds to implement this GLEP is as simple as
121 inheriting the <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">maildir.eclass</span></tt> and substituting <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">.maildir</span></tt> in the ebuild
122 with the <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt> variable. Care should be taken, to also modify any
123 patches or scripts that are used by the ebuild, that already have <tt class="docutils literal"><span class="pre">.maildir</span></tt>
124 hardcoded (vpopmail, exim).</p>
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128 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id11" id="backwards-compatibility" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
129 <p>The default location is &quot;.maildir&quot;, unless it is overridden. This way, there
130 would be no backwards compatibility issues.</p>
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132 <div class="section">
133 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id12" id="references" name="references">References</a></h1>
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137 <tr><td class="label"><a name="bugreport">[1]</a></td><td><em>(<a class="fn-backref" href="#id1">1</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id2">2</a>, <a class="fn-backref" href="#id3">3</a>)</em> Bug 52076 (<a class="reference" href="http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=52076">http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=52076</a>)</td></tr>
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142 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id13" id="copyright" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
143 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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