[Dovecot] 2nd REPOST: mbox vs maildir

Ashley M. Kirchner ashley at pcraft.com
Thu Feb 18 18:52:25 EET 2010

Timo Sirainen wrote:
> Things would probably be simpler if you used prefix="" here.
    The reason I used a prefix is for the way things show up in 
Thunderbird and Outlook.  Without the prefix, it all falls under the 
same "tree" as their INBOX.  By adding the prefix, they get an extra 
level called 'mail' where everything lives in.  It's a visual thing.

>> namespace private {
>>     separator = /
>>     prefix = "mail-Archives/"
>>     location = maildir:~/mail-Archives:LAYOUT=fs
> Are these really maildirs? Seems like exactly the opposite of what
> they're good at :) (Maildir is good for active mails, mbox for
> unchanging archives.)
    I guess this is where I'm confused and would love a primer on what 
the differences are, and when to use what.  In our setup, we have:

            where the user's INBOX resides

            where all the *active* mailboxes are, for example things
            they pull out of INBOX and put in these boxes for short
            term and they refer to them daily

            this is where long term archives are, this is stuff that
            comes OUT of their /home/%u/mail/ and put here, and always
            stored in a yearly hierarchy, for example:


    So, am I using the wrong setup for the namespaces?  Possibly, I went 
by what I found online.  This is the first time I've ever tried to run 
Dovecot.  Previously we ran uw-imap.


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