Dovecot mbox & other programs

Marcus Rueckert darix at
Mon Jun 8 00:45:52 UTC 2015

On 2015-06-06 19:01:29 +0200, Pali Rohár wrote:
> I want to use dovecot as imap server with mbox storage format (described 
> at [1]) but I also want to access (and modify!) those mbox files which 
> are stored on server (and used by dovecot).
> What is correct way to read those mboxes? From wiki page [1] I read that 
> I should ignore first message in mbox (which contains X-IMAPbase header) 
> and mbox file is in mboxcl2 format.
> And what is correct way to modify that mbox file (which is used by 
> dovecot imap)? I would like to configure mutt on server to directly 
> access those mbox mailboxes without need to use imap protocol (over 
> localhost). It is possible without any data/message damage?

IMHO ... If you start a new mail server now ... Maildir is a better


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