maildir commander is a wrapper around [maildir-utils](https://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu/) to make it more versatile. `mu server` is already state-less; however, it cannot be used by more than one client at a time. maildir_commander runs one instance of `mu server` in the background and make it an always-on daemon, so mu4e, command-line clients and web clients can share the same underlying `mu server` instance through maildir_commander.
* [mu](https://www.djcbsoftware.nl/code/mu/) 1.6+
* erlang OTP 21+
* socat, which is used to re-export the `mu server` compatible interface
* inotify-tools, for watching the Maildir for new mails
## the server
maildir_commander can be used as a dependancy library of a larger application or a stand-alone application. In the stand-aline mode, just run the release. It will run `mu server` in the background and communicate with it through a port. All functionalities of `mu server` are exported as erlang APIs via the `mc_mu_api` module.
The `mu server` will be ran on demand. If there is nothing to do for some time (60 seconds by default) the `mu server` will be shut dowm to save memory. The on/off of `mu server` is automatic and user does not need to care about it except some small startup latency every once in a while.
## the local socket
maildir_commander will also listen on a Unix domain socket `$HOME/.mc_server_sock`. The socket, once connected, behave exactly like `mu server`. All commands are passed through to the shared `mu server` instance, with the only exception of the `quit` command, which is locally handled to close the socket while leaving the server up. so:
$ socat UNIX-CONNECT:$HOME/.mc_server_sock -
behave exactly like `mu server`, except now you can run multiple instances. I have a shell script in `scripts/mc` that can be a drop in repleacement of mu (now only `mc server` is supported, in the future I plan to re-implement more mu client side sub-commands). If you run maildir_commander as a daemon, `mu` will not work. To continue using `mu4e`, you would have to configure `mu4e` to use `mc` as the alternative `mu` binary.
## the watcher
`maildir_commander` also has a watcher that watchs the Maildir for new mails and add to the mu database automatically. Given that `maildir_commander` always do a full index on startup, there is little reason to run indexing yourself anymore.
The watcher will also move new mails to the `cur` dir as per [maildir standard](https://cr.yp.to/proto/maildir.html). Therefore, you must ensure that the IMAP server is not getting in its way. If you are using exim, please make sure the local delivery is done via `maildir_home`, not with a IMAP specific LDA such as `dovecot_delivery`. Also please turn off the auto movement of new mails in your IMAP server. In dovecot, it is controlled in `/etc/dovecot/conf.d/10-mail.conf` with a line as:
maildir_empty_new = no
Dovecot should still work, just less efficiently.
## Related works
maildir_commander is meant to be the lower layer of more sofisticated MUAs such as a web client to run along side with the command line client and `mu4e`. In most cases you want to install [LIV](https://github.com/derek-zhou/liv), which is a webmail client built on top of this package..