Eric Shubert wrote:
Christopher Chan wrote:


I would like to see some discussion about this as well. I think that examining the role of vpopmail in today's email landscape has merit. I'm not intimately familiar with vpopmail's history, but I have used it a bit as part of the qmail-toaster (see http://www.qmailtoater.com).

vpopmail has potential beyond just email.

I agree. Would you care to elaborate some about this?

See my reply to your other post. If vpopmail can also handle multiple system user accounts instead of just virtual domain mailboxes under a single system user...we can integrate with samba and other stuff.


Funny that, some time ago I was thinking of the possibility of tying things into the mysql (or whatever database vpopmail handles like pgsql - pgsql support is as current as mysql support now right?) vpopmail database...like samba, apache...but yours is slightly different. I noticed all the columns that are passwd structure based that were not quite having their full potential being used.

Tying these various authentication mechanisms together is a worthy objective, regardless of the implementation software (mysql vs pgsql vs ldap). The difficulty in any case is to merge the various schemas together. I believe that ldap has the best chance of accomplishing this, because of the 'standard' schemas that are available for it, and due to its nature as a directory vs a database. LDAP is simply a better fit for this type of application than a database (see http://www.openldap.org/doc/admin24/intro.html#LDAP%20vs%20RDBMS).

I think the passwd based schema in place looks pretty good.



I also think that FreeIPA has the potential to become the defacto standard in this area. Making vpopmail able to co-operate/interface with FreeIPA could very well extend the lifetime of applications that rely on the vpopmail authentication mechanism. It might be feasible to develop a vpopmail plugin for FreeIPA at some point (possibly even now). I know that FreeIPA has a modular architecture such as this, but haven't yet looked at it in any detail.


I have not had a good look at FreeIPA yet so no comment.

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