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32 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">GLEP:</th><td class="field-body">32</td>
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34 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Title:</th><td class="field-body">Maildir Location</td>
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36 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Version:</th><td class="field-body">1.1</td>
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38 <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/xml/htdocs/proj/en/glep/glep-0032.txt?cvsroot=gentoo">2004/11/03 23:38:05</a></td>
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40 <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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42 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Status:</th><td class="field-body">Draft</td>
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44 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Type:</th><td class="field-body">Standards Track</td>
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48 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Created:</th><td class="field-body">03-Nov-2004</td>
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50 <tr class="field"><th class="field-name">Post-History:</th><td class="field-body">03-Nov-2004</td>
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56 <p class="topic-title first"><a name="contents">Contents</a></p>
57 <ul class="simple">
58 <li><a class="reference" href="#abstract" id="id4" name="id4">Abstract</a></li>
59 <li><a class="reference" href="#motivation" id="id5" name="id5">Motivation</a></li>
60 <li><a class="reference" href="#rationale" id="id6" name="id6">Rationale</a></li>
61 <li><a class="reference" href="#implementation" id="id7" name="id7">Implementation</a><ul>
62 <li><a class="reference" href="#maildir-variable" id="id8" name="id8">MAILDIR variable</a></li>
63 <li><a class="reference" href="#maildir-eclass" id="id9" name="id9">maildir.eclass</a></li>
64 <li><a class="reference" href="#patching-ebuilds" id="id10" name="id10">Patching ebuilds</a></li>
65 </ul>
66 </li>
67 <li><a class="reference" href="#backwards-compatibility" id="id11" name="id11">Backwards Compatibility</a></li>
68 <li><a class="reference" href="#references" id="id12" name="id12">References</a></li>
69 <li><a class="reference" href="#copyright" id="id13" name="id13">Copyright</a></li>
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72 <div class="section" id="abstract">
73 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id4" name="abstract">Abstract</a></h1>
74 <p>Ebuilds that install mail delivery agents often need to know the default
75 location of users' mailbox. When the mailbox is of a maildir type, there is no
76 set standard what the name of the directory should be. The most popular
77 extensions are &quot;Maildir&quot;, &quot;.Maildir&quot; and Gentoo has adopted its own &quot;.maildir&quot;
78 name.</p>
79 <p>This GLEP proposes a user-definable maildir location.</p>
80 </div>
81 <div class="section" id="motivation">
82 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id5" name="motivation">Motivation</a></h1>
83 <p>To provide the means to change the default location of a maildir, that is
84 currently hardcoded in ebuilds.</p>
85 <p>The &quot;.maildir&quot; name is not adequate for most situations.</p>
86 <ul class="simple">
87 <li>&quot;Maildir&quot; is the defacto standard name for maildir mailboxes.</li>
88 <li>People transferring e-mail configuration from other systems prefer to keep
89 the original naming conventions.</li>
90 <li>In a virtual hosting environment, having a hidden file in a directory
91 dedicated for e-mail delivery is not a plus.</li>
92 <li>All postfix and qmail related documentation gives &quot;Maildir&quot; as an example
93 name.</li>
94 </ul>
95 </div>
96 <div class="section" id="rationale">
97 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id6" name="rationale">Rationale</a></h1>
98 <p>The following comments were made in a discussion <a class="footnote-reference" href="#bugreport" id="id1" name="id1">[1]</a> on the Gentoo
99 bugzilla</p>
100 <ul class="simple">
101 <li>The default location should be specified in <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">rc.conf</span></tt></li>
102 <li>Preventing users from shooting themselves in the foot is not an issue</li>
103 </ul>
104 </div>
105 <div class="section" id="implementation">
106 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id7" name="implementation">Implementation</a></h1>
107 <p>A <tt class="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>
108 <p>Patches that implement features similar to this GLEP have already been
109 submitted to Bug 52076 <a class="footnote-reference" href="#bugreport" id="id3" name="id3">[1]</a>.</p>
110 <div class="section" id="maildir-variable">
111 <h2><a class="toc-backref" href="#id8" name="maildir-variable">MAILDIR variable</a></h2>
112 <p>The default location for maildir delivery is specified by the <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt>
113 variable. This variable is specified in <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">rc.conf</span></tt>.</p>
114 </div>
115 <div class="section" id="maildir-eclass">
116 <h2><a class="toc-backref" href="#id9" name="maildir-eclass">maildir.eclass</a></h2>
117 <p>This eclass exports a <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt> variable to the ebuilds that inherit it. If
118 <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt> has not been specified in <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">rc.conf</span></tt> the eclass exports
119 <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">MAILDIR=.maildir</span></tt> for backwards compatibility reasons.</p>
120 </div>
121 <div class="section" id="patching-ebuilds">
122 <h2><a class="toc-backref" href="#id10" name="patching-ebuilds">Patching ebuilds</a></h2>
123 <p>Since most ebuilds that currently need to know what the maildir delivery
124 location is already take the default <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">.maildir</span></tt> location into account when
125 installing, modifying ebuilds to implement this GLEP is as simple as
126 inheriting the <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">maildir.eclass</span></tt> and substituting <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">.maildir</span></tt> in the ebuild
127 with the <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">$MAILDIR</span></tt> variable. Care should be taken, to also modify any
128 patches or scripts that are used by the ebuild, that already have <tt class="literal"><span class="pre">.maildir</span></tt>
129 hardcoded (vpopmail, exim).</p>
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132 <div class="section" id="backwards-compatibility">
133 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id11" name="backwards-compatibility">Backwards Compatibility</a></h1>
134 <p>The default location is &quot;.maildir&quot;, unless it is overridden. This way, there
135 would be no backwards compatibility issues.</p>
136 </div>
137 <div class="section" id="references">
138 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id12" name="references">References</a></h1>
139 <table class="footnote" frame="void" id="bugreport" rules="none">
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142 <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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147 <h1><a class="toc-backref" href="#id13" name="copyright">Copyright</a></h1>
148 <p>This document has been placed in the public domain.</p>
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