[Dovecot] Re: Mail.app help

Roger Weeks rjw at mcn.org
Tue Feb 14 19:19:24 EET 2006

I'm wondering if this is a version issue with Mail.app?  Are you on  
OS X 10.3 or 10.4?

The reason I ask is that we also migrated from Courier IMAP to  
Dovecot 1.0alpha5 and then beta3, and we did not have this problem  
with Mail.app that either of you are describing.

I did have to remove the "INBOX." prefix from my Mail.app  
configurations.  I also renamed all of the existing folders in my  
Maildir from INBOX.foldername to .foldername, because after removing  
the "INBOX." prefix Mail.app could not see them.

Before I renamed all of the existing folders and changed the prefix  
in Mail.app, I had also tried setting up alternate namespaces as  
described in the wiki documentation for converting from Courier, but  
that did not seem to work.  Mail.app and Thunderbird clients could  
not see their IMAP folders with the courier-style namespace  

Roger J. Weeks
Systems & Network Administrator
Mendocino Community Network

On Feb 14, 2006, at 8:45 AM, dovecot-request at dovecot.org wrote:

> Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2006 08:44:53 -0800
> From: Steve Pellegrin <steve at convoglio.com>
> Subject: Re: [Dovecot] Mail.app help
> To: Mike Garfias <mike at garfias.org>
> Sorry to respond so late to this, perhaps my experience will help.
> I believe that Mike's problem is caused by weird behavior in
> Mail.App. I had the same issue after switching from Courier IMAP to
> Dovecot 1.0beta2. (Courier requires the INBOX prefix).
> I only experienced this problem for folders that I defined myself. In
> other words, the "standard" Sent, Trash and so on were OK. What I
> found was that if I had a custom folder, call it Dovecot, and a rule
> that directed mail list messages into that folder, Mail.App would
> insist on creating INBOX.Dovecot, even though .Dovecot already  
> existed.
> It's as if Mail.App had internalized the INBOX prefix in some secret
> place and would not let go of it even though I changed the prefix
> setting to be empty.
> My solution was to delete my mail account, shut down Mail.App, re-
> launch it, and recreate the mail account. Now, everything works as
> expected.
> -Steve

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