[Dovecot] IMAP Folders Don't Make Sense

Rick Romero rick at havokmon.com
Thu Feb 25 22:21:26 EET 2010

Quoting "Carlos Williams" <carloswill at gmail.com>:

> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 3:08 PM, Rick Romero <rick at havokmon.com> wrote:
>> Yikes!  I thought this was a private install. :(  The namespace would be a
>> pretty radical change.  It tells dovecot how to present folders.
>> I'm not a namespace guru - but I'm fairly sure that's the issue.
>> http://wiki.dovecot.org/Namespaces
>> I would suggest creating an alternate config file, using different ports and
>> system directories, to test a namespace change.
> It's OK. It appears to not have impacted any existing data. Perhaps
> just changes how the new folders are managed.


> I did see a file in my
> Maildir called 'subscriptions' and when I opened it with a text
> editor, it had the old invalid IMAP directory structure...should I
> delete or rename this file on my mailbox and then restart the client
> to force it to re-build this subscriptions file?

The subscriptions file is only used by the MUAs, and you can set them  
to ignore it.  I would just tell the MUAs to ignore it.  You can  
safely delete it - except if you have an MUA that is using it then the  
folders will disappear...

I suppose if you have a PDA and a huge folder structure you might have  
the PDA use subscriptions and trim down the folder list...

I would 'start fresh' and remove it.

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