[Dovecot] mbox file location

Dan Stromberg strombrg at dcs.nac.uci.edu
Fri Oct 22 19:24:16 EEST 2004

On Fri, 2004-10-22 at 02:37, Faisal wrote:
> Is it a good idea to have the mbox file in user home directories rather then
> /var/mail/ ?

Administratively speaking, I think this is a big win, because then their
homedir's quotas pertain to their mail as well, and you don't need (you
can avoid it, but many sites don't) a mode 1777 /var/mail - which can be
a bit of a free-for-all.

We have many users who like to leave all their mail in /var/mail for
ages.  It's a problem, because some software understandably hates large
mbox files.  If they have the same quota for their maildrop and their
homedir, that opens the door to pure Maildir, as well as incentivising
refiling mail messages into appropriate folders (since leaving things in
one big folder is no longer a quota advantage).

On the other hand, technically speaking, if /var/mail is local, and
~user is NFS mounted or something, you may encounter NFS-related

Dan Stromberg DCS/NACS/UCI <strombrg at dcs.nac.uci.edu>

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