Setting up shared mailboxes in dovecot

[edited 28.06.2013]
Sometimes you need mail adresses and postboxes that need to be accessed by multiple persons. In a company for example there could be a mailbox sales@yourcompany.com and if you are planning for example a wedding it can be a good idea to have an accoutn wedding@yourdomain.tld that can be accessed by you and yor (future) wife. It is definitly not the best idea to create a “normal” account and just give the password to all people who might need it. This might leed to confusion (and data loss). In my opnion accounts should always be bound to a person.
The solution for my <bbr title=”Local Delivery Agent”LDA (aka mailserver) dovecot is called “SharedMailboxes”, ie mailboxes that are shared between users and linked to their accounts. It wasn’t that easy to setup but finally I could get it to work in the following way:
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Mailserver with ldap tutorial – part 8: webmail interface

Sometimes it can be very useful to be able to read mails via a webmail interface. I’ve decided to use the very powerful but also a bit complex horde framework which also offers clients for calendaring and adressbooks.

Edit 15.05.2012: Meanwhile I’ve switched to roundcube. Horde has proven to be over complicated and rough in the process of updating. As the installation auf roundcube works more or less out of the box I’m not going to describe it here.

This is step 7 of the 8 step tutorial for setting up a mailserver with openldap, postfix and dovecot using virtual users. You can find the overview here.
I’m asuming that all commands are executed with root rights.

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