[Dovecot] Orientation and configuration help

Wouter Van Hemel wouter-dovecot at fort-knox.rave.org
Mon Nov 29 06:17:59 EET 2004

On Sat, 27 Nov 2004, J Moore wrote:

>> No, dovecot doesn't deliver anything. Your MTA (or LDA) configuration will
>> determine where mail ends up. You just tell dovecot where to find the
>> mailbox files with the default_mail_env variable (see dovecot.conf).
> OK - I see that now. I kind of glossed over it when I read the file as
> it indicated that dovecot would try to detect this automatically.

It will, but if you set it once, you won't have to depend on other users 
having a maildir directory.

> When you say, "[My] MTA [] will determine where the mail ends up." I
> assume you mean where it delivers the mail. In my case, sendmail leaves
> all mail in /var/mail/<username>; I believe this is "mbox format"???


> So if I understand, I need the following entry in /etc/dovecot.conf:
> default_mail_env = mbox:~/mail/:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
> Is that correct?

Yes, if you want everything in mbox. I think you said you'd like to use 
maildir for the non-inbox folders, so you'd have to add a namespace for 

It's explained right here:

   http://wiki.dovecot.org/moin.cgi/Namespaces (1.3)

... and in the faq (wiki).

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