[Dovecot] Maildir format migration

Tony Tsang tcmtsang2 at gmail.com
Thu May 17 18:04:38 EEST 2007

Hi all,

Thanks for the suggestions. I have used patch to UW IMAP to support
maildir, the problem is dovecot uses dot for delimiter, while the
patch for UW IMAP uses slash. So UW IMAP and dovecot have different
directory structure. If this is configurable in dovecot, it would be


On 5/17/07, Timo Sirainen <tss at iki.fi> wrote:
> On Thu, 2007-05-17 at 15:47 +0800, Tony Tsang wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > I am planning to use dovecot IMAP on my server. Currently it is
> > running UW-IMAP server with Maildir format storing users' mail. I've
> > found that dovecot uses different Maildir format from UW-IMAP. Is
> > there any configuration option for adapting dovecot to use format used
> > by UW-IMAP?
> A standard UW-IMAP distribution doesn't include support for maildir. Do
> you mean you're using that unofficial patch which used UID=xyz in the
> maildir filenames? If so, you'll have to change the directory layout to
> Maildir++, but otherwise those filenames would work, even though new
> UIDs will be given to them unless you write a script that writes them to
> dovecot-uidlist file.
> Alternatively you could try CVS HEAD version of Dovecot which supports
> filesystem layout for Maildirs (mail_location =
> maildir:~/Maildir:LAYOUT=FS), but then again CVS HEAD is an actual
> stable release.

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