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And make imap's {{{mail_location}}} point to a script: And make imap's {{{mail_executable}}} point to a script:


There are different quota backends that Dovecot can use:

  • [wiki:Quota/FS fs]: Filesystem quota.
  • [wiki:Quota/Dirsize dirsize]: The simplest, but sometimes slow, quota backend. It scans all the files from mail directories to calculate the quota.
  • [wiki:Quota/Dict dict]: Store quota in a dictionary (table).
  • [wiki:Quota/Maildir maildir]: Maildir++ quota.

The quota backends are implemented as plugins for Dovecot. There is also a plugin named "quota" which does the actual work. For reporting quota information via IMAP, there is the "imap_quota" plugin. Usually you'd enable these by adding them to the mail_plugins settings in config file:

protocol imap {
  mail_plugins = quota imap_quota
protocol pop3 {
  mail_plugins = quota
# In case you're using Dovecot-LDA:
protocol lda {
  mail_plugins = quota

Most of the quota backends have a few things in common:

You can set the quota as kilobytes (named storage) and/or as number of messages (named messages). Usually only the storage quota is used. Usually these limits can be given to the quota backend as parameters, e.g.:

plugin {
  # 10 MB quota limit
  quota = maildir:storage=10240
  # 1000 messages quota limit
  quota = maildir:messages=1000
  # 10 MB + 1000 messages quota limit
  quota = maildir:storage=10240:messages=1000

The above example shows how to set the same quota globally for everyone. You can override this for one or all users by returning a quota [:UserDatabase/ExtraFields:extra field] from the user database. See UserDatabase for more information about how to set them for the user database you are using.



# PostgreSQL
user_query = SELECT home, uid, gid, 'maildir:storage=' || quota_kb AS quota FROM users WHERE userid = '%u'
# MySQL doesn't support the || operator, so you'll need to do differently:
user_query = SELECT home, uid, gid, concat('maildir:storage=', quota_kb) AS quota FROM users WHERE userid = '%u'


# quotaStorage must be in the format mentioned above
# For example: maildir:storage=10240
user_attrs = homeDirectory=home,uidNumber=uid,gidNumber=gid,quotaStorage=quota

# If you have the quota already as kilobytes in LDAP, there's a kludgy way to use it directly:
user_attrs = homeDirectory=home,uidNumber=uid,gidNumber=gid,quotaStorage=quota=maildir:storage 

If you have the quota stored as bytes, you'll need to use a [:PostLoginScripting:post-login scripting] trick to use them. Something like:

# quotaStorage contains the quota in bytes. It's exported into
# $QUOTA_BYTES environment.
user_attrs = homeDirectory=home,uidNumber=uid,gidNumber=gid,quotaStorage=quota_bytes

And make imap's mail_executable point to a script:

export QUOTA=maildir:storage=`expr $QUOTA_BYTES / 1024`
exec /usr/local/libexec/dovecot/imap

None: Quota (last edited 2021-06-15 23:54:28 by MichaelSlusarz)