mailbox-alias plugin

New in version v2.1.10.

This plugin can be used to configure mailbox aliases, which on the filesystem level are symlinks to other mailboxes. This doesn’t magically solve the problem of showing clients e.g. multiple Sent mailboxes, but it can be used to make sure that all of the different variants will have the same mails in them. Unfortunately it also means that some clients will download the same mails to local cache multiple times.

This plugin doesn’t currently work with mailbox list indexes, so mailbox_list_index = no is required.

The way it works is that:
  • The aliases won’t be visible until the mailbox is CREATEd

  • When alias is CREATEd, a symlink is created to the original mailbox. If the original mailbox didn’t exist yet, it’s also created.

  • If a mailbox with the same name as alias was already created before this plugin was enabled, its behavior won’t change unless it’s deleted.

  • When alias is DELETEd, the symlink is removed without deleting any of the mails.

  • The original mailbox can’t be DELETEd while it still has aliases.

  • Mailbox can’t be RENAMEd if it’s an alias or if it has aliases.

Example configuration where “Sent” is the real mailbox and it has aliases “Sent Messages” and “Sent Items”:

mail_plugins = $mail_plugins mailbox_alias
plugin {
  mailbox_alias_old = Sent
  mailbox_alias_new = Sent Messages
  mailbox_alias_old2 = Sent
  mailbox_alias_new2 = Sent Items

# Usually you want the Sent mailbox to be autocreated and advertised as
namespace inbox {
  mailbox Sent {
    auto = create # or subscribe
    special_use = \Sent