[blfs-support] New dovecot page: '--with-...' specs.

Ken Moffat zarniwhoop at ntlworld.com
Thu Nov 14 08:08:48 PST 2013

On Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:40:42AM +0000, akhiezer wrote:
> Hi,
> On the new dovecot page (
> http://www.linuxfromscratch.org/blfs/view/svn/server/dovecot.html), the section 
> 'Command Explanations' lists the five options '--with-ldap' et seq: yet none of 
> them actually appear in the commands. I've noticed a similar thing in several 
> places in blfs74 book.
> Apols if have missed an earlier discussion on that, but: is this an error in 
> rendering; or is it kindof that those '--with-ldap' &c options are really meant 
> as a sort-of subsection concerning other main parameters that the user might 
> want to consider? But in any case, them appearing as-is just looks like it's an 
> error (e.g. "has a chunk of text been lopped off the 'configure ...' commmand?"), 
> and one repeated elsewhere in the book.
 They are tagged as <option> in the xml, instead of <command>, and
different browsers may render them differently.

 In firefox, the command --disable-static shows in italic monospace,
although the directory class overrides that to what I suppose is bold
monospace for the moduledir.

 The options are rendered in normal weight monospace.

 Yeah, I would prefer italic for options but I'm not touching that
stuff (the xml itself) with the proverbial barge-pole.
> In a related vein, given that four of the above-noted five options are stated 
> to be re auth, could I also recommend noting that (at least) the following auth 
> methods are enabled by default:
> ----
>   --with-shadow           Build with shadow password support (auto)
>   --with-pam              Build with PAM support (auto)
>   --with-bsdauth          Build with BSD authentication support (auto)
>   --with-vpopmail         Build with vpopmail support (auto)
> ----
> I think it's worth stating that explicitly so that folks can see at-a-glance 
> that dovecot does handle those ( - don't hide its light under a bushel). One of 
> the central considerations, of course, in choosing a pop/imap server is in what 
> authentication methods can it handle, and how it would in this respect integrate 
> with other parts of infrastructure. Sure, folks considering using it seriously, 
> would do their due diligence anyhow and not just make a decision based on a 
> single 3rd-party page (in this case, the blfs page): but still, it doesn't hurt 
> to state it up-front by noting the default methods additional to said list.  

 If something is optional and automatically detected, we don't
usually add an explanation of a switch to enable it.  Unless an
editor thought it was worth mentioning.

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