IMAP Proxy?

Can nginx be used as a proxy for IMAP, so that multiple users can
connect to nginx but the proxied server only sees one connection? If so,
how would this be configured?

Background: We have 20 users who all need access to read/move emails in
a single IMAP mailbox, however our current hosting company is limiting
our connections to one “user” per IP, or around 10 connections (since
most mail clients open multiple connections to the server).

Phillip B Oldham
ActivityHQ
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Can nginx be used as a proxy for IMAP, so that multiple users can
connect to nginx but the proxied server only sees one connection? If so,
how would this be configured?

Background: We have 20 users who all need access to read/move emails in
a single IMAP mailbox, however our current hosting company is limiting
our connections to one “user” per IP, or around 10 connections (since
most mail clients open multiple connections to the server).

IMAP is not designed to handle that, AFAIK.
It’s a …not-so-great… idea to begin with.
Why do 20 users have to fuzz around a single mailbox?

Rainer

On 31/08/2010 15:24, [email protected] wrote:

It’s a …not-so-great… idea to begin with.
Why do 20 users have to fuzz around a single mailbox?

Customer receive an automated email and respond manually. Our staff need
to be able to review those emails and act accordingly. Was working fine
with a smaller team, but we’ve recently increased the staff due to
response volumes.

Phillip B Oldham
ActivityHQ
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observe the lack of security when e-mailing us.

IMAP is not designed to handle that, AFAIK.
It’s a …not-so-great… idea to begin with.
Why do 20 users have to fuzz around a single mailbox?

Customer receive an automated email and respond manually. Our staff need
to be able to review those emails and act accordingly. Was working fine
with a smaller team, but we’ve recently increased the staff due to
response volumes.

Get a ticketing system.
Like RT3 from bestpractical.com
Totally off-topic, I know - but IMHO, nginx is really the wrong tool for
what you are trying to achieve.
IMAP-proxies are usually used in situations where the client is a
webserver…
I know you want an “easy” solution for your problem - but RT3 is really
as
close as you can get.

Rainer

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