[Dovecot] Migrating to dovecot configuration questions

Timo Sirainen tss at iki.fi
Wed Jul 14 03:15:07 EEST 2010

On 14.7.2010, at 0.50, Adam wrote:

> Right now the mail spool for everyone's mailbox is located in /var/mail/first letter of email address/second letter of email address, for example ajaym would be found in /var/mail/a/j ,email address john would be in /var/mail/j/o  and so on.....

So that would be the INBOX.

> Most users using IMAP have a home directory where they can store their personal folders, trash, sent items, etc.. in /home/username.

This would be the mail root directory. Probably you can use the home directory that's in passwd.

> I am looking for some configuration information on making  a smooth transition from UW IMAP to Dovecot and keeping the existing directory structure.

mail_location = mbox:~/:INBOX=/var/mail/%1n/%1.1n/%n

Although you should consider moving the mails from home directory to e.g. ~/mail/ directory. Would help to avoid trouble in future.

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