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Dovecot and Getmail updates

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Dovecot v1.0.1 has been recently released (see the posting on the dovecot-news mailing list) and Getmail is now at version 4.7.5. I will soon refresh my two previous articles on configuring these softwares on Mac OSX adding also SSL support for dovecot (a topic I did not have time to add in the first version of the doc).

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June 17, 2007 at 7:24 pm

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Mac: dealing with Finder (and iPhoto) comments

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I’ve been using Mac OSX for less than a year and only now I’ve started playing with metadata. I’ve accumulated quite a number of PDF documents and I have lots of photos on my hard drive and to me the most natural thing seemed to add comments (actually tags, using the trick to prepend a “&” to each tag for ease of searching in Spotlight) either through the Finder “Get Info” window or through iPhoto’s interface.

The problem is that I often use the Terminal to do a variety of tasks and a lot of the commands that I use on a daily basis do not play well at all with Finder comments: for example if you use cp or mv to move files around, the affected files will not keep their Comment entry. This is because the metadata is not kept with the file (possibly using the extended attributes) but instead is stored in the .DS_Store file located in the parent directory of any given file. Neither rdiff-backup nor rsync (which I often use to transfer files to a Linux server) play well with metadata and you risk that your backup does not properly keep the Finder (or iPhoto) Comment. If instead you move files around with Finder (or use other backup solutions like Super Duper), your metadata will smoothly follow the files in their new location.

For a short while I toyed with the idea to code a cp/mv replacement, either through a bash or python script, but for the moment I decided that I would like at least to be able to create a backup (snapshot) of all the current Finder/iPhoto comments.

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May 14, 2007 at 7:19 pm

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Mac: keyboard shortcuts galore!

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Over at melablog.it today I noticed a mention of a document that has just been posted at Apple’s developers site, that summarizes many of the keyboard shortcuts available in Mac OS X interface. I found this pretty useful since I’m new to the Mac platform and most of them are still unknown to me.

While I’m at it, let me mention a few other similar links I found recently:

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October 12, 2006 at 6:34 pm

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Mac: configuring a mail server (part 2 – getmail, procmail)

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Hello and welcome to the second installment of these articles dedicated to setting up a small email server on a Mac for personal use by a local user. In this second part I’m going to complete the setup with getmail and procmail.

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October 12, 2006 at 12:00 pm

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Mac: configuring a mail server (part 1 – postfix, dovecot)

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(updated Oct 11th, 2006)

Recently I’ve been playing a lot with the Mini (while my Linux box is here taking the dust :-) ) and wanted to see how easy it would be to set it up to function as a mail server. For reading emails I wanted to have it download emails from the POP3 server of my ISP, deliver them locally and make them available through an IMAP server (so I could read email from any machine in the house and have a single mail repository on the Mini); on the sending side, I wanted it to relay email through SMTP to my ISP SMTP server. This is something I’ve been wanting to play with during my Linux days but never got the time. Now that I have some free time (and a Mac!), this is something I tried. Read on for the details! In this first installment we will cover the server part: postfix (SMTP) and dovecot (IMAP). Read the rest of this entry »

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October 7, 2006 at 3:19 pm

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Switched!

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Finally made the long awaited switch! After dropping Windows sometime last year and turning my main PC into a Linux (Ubuntu) box, I decided to buy a Mac Mini to be initiated to the Apple platform. What a joy! In the month and a half that I’ve been using the Mini, excepted a logic board subistitution :( to fix a boot problem, I’ve been pretty happy with it. I’ll blog about my experience so far in the next days.

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August 31, 2006 at 12:43 pm

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