When Maildrop Keeps Filling a Log File

12 Nov 2009

Earlier tonight, Some friends told me that they saw a couple of emails they sent to me bounced back at them. I wrote about what happens “When Maildrop Fills a Log File” on one of my other blogs. Well, it’s happened again a couple of times since then. It’s happened again just a few days ago (ls showed -rw------- 1 lamontp lamontp 51200000 Nov 6 11:19 .maildrop.log).

That’s enough! I’ve had it; I’m going to prevent this from bothering me again.

Well, the right way to fix this is to grab a clue-bat and use it on the Maildrop developer(s) who decided that hardcoding a 50 MB log file size limit into Maildrop was a good idea, until they change their mind(s). Seriously, though, I’m going to send them a patch for this lame duck.

In the meantime, I’ve written rotate-user-maildrop-logs, a shell script to place into your /etc/cron.daily/ (or similar) directory. I am releasing this under the terms of the GNU General Public License, version 3 (a.k.a. GPLv3).

I really like Maildrop. It’s great for me, but it’s not for everyone. For example, my wife isn’t going to sit down and use vi (or any other text editor) to maintain her very own ~/.mailfilter file. For this reason, I will be switching to Sieve in the near future, using the Cyrus IMAP server instead of Dovecot, which I’ve been very happy with.

Is that the time? OK, maybe I’ll have to write that patch for Maildrop on Saturday.


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