[Dovecot] mbox file location

Faisal faisal at clickonlinenetworks.com
Fri Oct 22 20:03:32 EEST 2004

Thanks for the reply ..
after reading all the replies i have decided that it is best to have mbox in
the home directories ..
but it seems that i the default configuration of my mail server is the later
on i.e in the /var/mail .. now i want to move it to home directories ..
is there any weblink providing me help in this .. i want to first test it on
my test box .. but how is the bigquestion

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mark E. Mallett" <mem at mv.mv.com>
To: <dovecot at dovecot.org>
Sent: Friday, October 22, 2004 9:49 PM
Subject: Re: [Dovecot] mbox file location

> On Fri, Oct 22, 2004 at 09:24:16AM -0700, Dan Stromberg wrote:
> > 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/ ?
> >
> > 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.
> [Having already responded, this lets me make take both sides...]
> I can recall one positive thing about having inbox in /var/mail in the
> past.  In cases where the inbox is unrestrained by filesystem quotas
> (e.g. if there are no filesystem quotas or if the local delivery agent
> runs setuid root), you can do some special things.  One thing we did
> here was to have the LDA look up the user's inbox quota, and if the new
> message would be the one to put the mailbox over the limit, the LDA
> would first insert a special notice that said something like "the next
> message puts you over quota; all further messages will be
> [bounced/deferred] until you get back under quota."  If the mailbox was
> already over quota, it would (bounce/defer) the new message.
> You can't really do that if the LDA runs as the end user and is
> constrained by quotas.  You also can't do it if the LDA is responsible
> for autofiling incoming messages into different folders.  Since we do
> the latter here, the most consistent thing is to have the inbox in the
> home directory.
> mm

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