[Dovecot] Need help configuering Dovecot to support folders that contain sub-folders and messages
dan at jlazyh.com
Fri Jun 13 17:44:33 EEST 2008
Last year I set up a new CentOS 5 server and through the install
process permitted it to set up dovecot as my IMAP server.
./dovecote --version returns "1.0.rc15"
With the system up and running I moved the tar files of my old email
accounts over and everything seemed to be just fine.
Recently I have upgraded my primary workstation to a Mac Pro - and
that of course has it's Mail application.
Let me summarize briefly to be sure that I don't omit some minor
detail that makes all the difference in the world. Previously I used
Netscape 7.2 as my mail client and then went over to Thunderbird on
the PC - in either application, under Server Settings / Advanced I had
to uncheck the box "Server supports folders that contain sub-folders
and messages". Then whenever I attempted to add a new subfolder I
would be given a choice - "This server restricts folders to two
special kinds. Allow your new folder to contain:  Folders Only [x]
Though perhaps not ideal, this has worked ok up till now. The
Leopard Mail application doesn't seem to have this sort of support -
it assumes that every folder or subfolder can and should contain both,
so all I get are folders that can hold messages. This is a problem
as I can't create any new folders to reorganize mail.
Though I had thought about resolving this, or at least trying to when
I first encountered it - life got busy. So my skills have become a
bit rusty and I have not done anything about it. But now I would like
I ported over my email and my wife's - so perhaps there is some legacy
setting in those folders that prevents the bliss of folders and mail
in the same subfile. But I created a new email account for my
daughter and that has the same limitation. In Leopard mail, folders
to hold folders look White, whereas folders to hole mail look blue.
In Thunderbird Folders to hold Folders are in Italics whereas Folders
to hold mail are normal font.
I am also using Webmin to simplify access to the server, but I don't
see anything obvious under the dovecot tool for this.
The installation was the basic default, so far as I can remember. I
have run Yum to update the files and at last review there was nothing
Regarding my configuration, dovecot -n reports as follows:
[root at trailrunner sbin]# ./dovecot --version
[root at trailrunner sbin]# ./dovecot -n
protocols: imap imaps
[root at trailrunner sbin]#
Truly hoping that someone can help me resolve this. While I can use
Thunderbird, I do like the Apple Mail feature of seeing the summary of
email at the top of the list.
Appreciate the help and insights -
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