[CalendarServer-users] IMIP settings

Morgen Sagen sagen at apple.com
Fri Jun 18 10:22:55 PDT 2010

On Jun 18, 2010, at 8:56 AM, Dustin Jackson wrote:

> I don't know where this group stands on the email invitation front, but from my understanding of reading this list and several other websites
> 1) Calendar Server is able to send email invitations and receive replies (both to internal and external users)
> 2) Receiving External request is still not working (i.e. My wife has Groupwise at her office and I have to drap-and-drop invitations from my mail account into my caldav calendar...it doesn't notify me of a new request)
> I ran across this website and it looks promising.  I just don't have the knowledge, skill or understanding of working with postfix/dovecot etc.
> http://www.doughellmann.com/articles/pythonmagazine/features/mailbox2ics/index.html
> After reading this...the idea of replicating the user "com.apple.calendarserver" from apple's implementation makes since if the user has the proper permissions on the email side. 
> My understanding from reading web page....
> 1) com.apple.calendarserver would connect IMAP or POP
> 2) based on having read-access to all users mail folders...perform a general search looking for Caldav info related emails
> 3) parse the info and scan the UID database in Calendarserver based on the "CUADD field"...
> 4) deliver to /inbox
> Anybody want to comment or help?

The com.apple.calendarserver user is used to send IMIP messages via SMTP and receive responses via POP or IMAP.  It only checks for responses in its own mail inbox (not any other users).  In fact, be sure to only point the caldavd.plist POP/IMAP settings at com.apple.calendarserver user's dedicated mail inbox, because it deletes any message that is found there.  If you don't want to run your own mail server just to support this feature, you can set up a dedicated POP/IMAP inbox on another service such as GMail, and configure the caldavd.plist to send and receive IMIP messages via that external mail account.  If you're using Snow Leopard, use Server Admin > iCal > Settings > General > Enable Email Invitations, and enter the mail settings as if you were setting up a mail client.  Again, be sure not to use your personal email account in those settings -- set up a dedicated account for calendar server.
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