Migration to GoogleApps for your domain

Last night i moved my email services onto GoogleApps.

Why? well, there were 2 main factors:

  • Spam: I get lots of spam, Most have been caught by spam Assasin, But it was really taking a battle with the hoster, I could watch the process list and see myself high on the list with spam assasin scanning email
  • Uptime: My current host’s uptime has been all over the place lately, And while not a problem for my WWW, Email is something i like to have reliable service of, Google Apps has been working pretty nicely so far today, Quick POP3 Access(See my IMAP note down below), Archiving of email online, Being able to access it anywhere anytime

What went wrong? Well.. Lots of things actually.

  • I broke my DNS.. For an hour last night i had no mail servers, Took me a good hour to work it out too.. Turns out, That if you use shorthand notation in a Bind zone file, you need to put them all together, I tried grouping them(NS, Mail, Web, Other), Which didnt work, i had to group them by server address instead..
  • Google’s Email’s IMAP service is broken!, How useful is that, it took me awhile to work out why i was getting 2 emails for every email recieved.  Opera can probably work around it by making the Message ID + content a unique value i guess.. But why should Opera do it when its Gmail’s fault? If gmail chooses to show an email in multiple folders, the client is going to follow suit, Why  cant they just show the email in one folder? Or use Imap keywords as the linked article says?
  • Need a new WWW host, Honestly, My current host is great, Bur.st Networking runs a great service, unfortunately its dieing, Not many people continue to donate, and the load is getting high. This is one of the reasons i’ve moved off them, To ease the load. I’ll continue to host my DNS with them however, Being able to edit my own Zone file directly is great. Any thoughts on a new WWW Host? Dreamhost has been mentioned, Site Ground has been mentioned, And also has NearlyFreeSpeech (However, their pricing is too confusing for me :P) and theres even Ebay advertised hosting for dirt cheap thats likely to be so overloaded, its not even worth considering… However, Their main website loads fast enough.. maybe its hosted on a different server..

Lets see how the next few days pan out.. Hopefully google will continue to perform, Hopefully my WWW will stay up, Maybe i’ll move onto someething new, maybe i’ll end up with a dedicated server, Who knows hey?

(Oh, Dedicated server, I wish i could afford it.. :P)

Time to get naked

…Who’s with me? :)

I’ll be participating in CSS Naked Day on April 9th, So to those of you who think your browsers stuffed up, Its not :)

You can find more information over here: http://lorelle.wordpress.com/2008/04/07/strip-down-your-blog-css-naked-day/ and Annual CSS Naked Day

PS. If you missed it: http://dd32.id.au/?naked (Or it hasnt arrived yet :))

(Its a shame my theme has the sidemenu’s before the content… I need to design myself a new theme..)

Dovecot: ERR No INBOX for user

Did something stupid a few days ago, After Opera 9.5 Alpha did something stupid with my email, I decided to clear out all email on my server..

Not a hard thing to do.. SSH to server, echo > ~/mail/username Check the list with the ‘mail‘ app, Yep all fine.. emails cleared; Then went out for a few days.

Come back today and i have no email? Strange, I send myself a test message, Doesnt turn up in my POP3 inbox.. SSH in, whoa, 92 messages on the server (using the ‘mail‘ command again), Why isnt it coming through POP3 then?

Started investigating, grabed telnet and connected to the mail server, Here’s what i got:

+OK dovecot ready.
USER my_username
PASS my_super_secret
+OK Logged in.
-ERR No INBOX for user.

Yep.. Somethings screwed on the server, But what? I didnt touch anything!

After a lot of screwing around and re-setting permissions and all that, I found the error, Can you see the error?

Dovecot mail error

No, I’m not supprised if you cant see it, It didnt hit me at first either, Especially when  mail was showing all my mail correctly.

Turned out, Dovecot doesnt like the new line at the start of the file, It bails out thinking its not a valid inbox…. removed the new line and everythings off and running fine again. Shame i bothered the hosts support a few hours ago, But at least i had fixed it before they started pulling their hair out :)