[Dovecot] Subfolders with Thunderbird and maildir?

Andrew Z andrewz at springsrescuemission.org
Wed Nov 29 22:01:23 UTC 2006

Anders Lund wrote:
> Andrew Z wrote:
>> I setup a test dovecot-1.0-0.beta8.2.fc5 and left most of the settings
>> as the defaults.  In Thunderbird Windows, when I tried to create
>> a subfolder named "subfolder" under INBOX, it showed up as the same
>> level a INBOX and with the name "INBOX^subfolder".
>> I was able to manually create a subfolder using "mkdir
>> ~/mail/test_manual_subfolder; touch ~/mail_test_subfolder/blah" and then
>> subscribing to it.  That's too much work.  :)
>> Now when I try to create a subfolder of a non-inbox folder, nothing
>> happens (not even an error).
>> Screen shot:
>> http://img452.imageshack.us/my.php?image=subfoldersthunderbird15ao6.png
>> The Dovecot system is Fedora Core 5 x86 and an NFS client for /home.
>> I'm considering switching from Trustix, UW-IMAP, and mbox.  I'm also
>> considering changing INBOX to a Maildir (not /var/spool/mail/%u).
> Just a quick question:
> In
>  Account settings
>  Server Settings
>  Advanced
> for your account, have you unchecked "Server supports folders that
> contain sub-folders and messages"?
> If you are using Maildir this should be on, but if you're using mbox
> this should be off.
The setting is on (the default).  In the test above, I had 
default_mail_env  set to blank and it looks like it created an mbox in 
~/mail.  Just now, I tried default_mail_env=~/mail , and the non-inbox 
subfolders worked OK.   However, the subfolder of INBOX still showed up 
as INBOX^subfolder. 


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