[Dovecot] why is there email in my mbox file?

Jochen Schulz ml at well-adjusted.de
Thu Feb 8 09:35:32 UTC 2007

Kendall Shaw:
> I expected dovecot to take the mail out of the mbox file and put it
> somewhere.

Why should it do this? Dovecot normally tries to automatically detect
where your mailboxes are and if it finds them in one of the usual places
(for example your /var/mail/user) it uses this location.

> But, I see there's a big mbox file (/var/mail/me) that
> keeps growing. Is dovecot using that as the store of messages?

Probably. Why don't you take a look?

> If I were to move to using maildir instead of mbox, what is
> going to happen to my existing mail?

Nothing. You would have to move your mboxes to maildir yourself.  You
can use programs like mb2md to do that.

When standing at the top of beachy head I find the rocks below very
[Agree]   [Disagree]
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