[Dovecot] maildir and /var/spool/mail

Steve Hickel steve at KoreHiCom.com
Thu Jan 13 05:33:42 EET 2005

Tonight I played with the mail server that started this discussion.
Oddly, all is working (perhaps after a reboot). I can create folders,
they are going into the /home/$u/Maildir folders. Strange. The
procmailrc was the key I believe. I didn't need to change the envelope
and it sits at Maildir:$h/Maildir.

Thanks for all your help.


On Wed, 2005-01-12 at 15:52 -0800, John Duino wrote:

> I just finished building a FC3/Dovecot/Sendmail/DSpam box. I have all the
> mail put into the home direcories in IMAP format. The only thing  I had to
> add to was the following line in /etc/procmailrc.
> DEFAULT=$HOME/Maildir/
> The mail in /var/spool/mail is irrelevant after that; sendmail uses
> procmail for LDA, and it puts it in the user's home directories.  If you
> want to recover the mail in /var/spool I suggest using the mb2md script. I
> wrote a little wrapper to do some sanity checking and to process large
> #'s, but otherwise it works great.
> John
> >> default_mail_env = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/spool/mail/%u
> >
> > One way of getting sendmail to deliver to Maildir folders, is to
> > configure procmail as your delivery agent.
> >
> > I suspect that most linux distributions have sendmail configured to use
> > procmail for delivery out of the box.
> >
> >

Steve Hickel <steve at korehicom.com>
Kore/HiCom Corporation
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