[Dovecot] convert_mail ?

Andrew Ziem andrewz at springsrescuemission.org
Mon Dec 4 19:20:34 UTC 2006

Timo Sirainen wrote:
> On 4.12.2006, at 18.46, Andrew Z wrote:
>>>>    Is this configuration snippet valid?
>>>> default_mail_env = maildir:~/Maildir
>>>> convert_mail = mbox:~/:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
>>> Yep.
>> Thank you very much.  After the conversion, are the files in /~ 
>> renamed or moved?
> I didn't really think of that.. Currently it would rename your whole 
> home directory to to <user>-converted, which I guess you wouldn't 
> really want.
That would be very undesirable, and if it dropped privileges at that 
point, the operation would fail.   (In our case, we use NFS root_squash, 
so it should fail either way.)
> Hmm. I'm not really sure how it even should work. Maybe instead of 
> renaming it could create a .dovecot-converted-file..?
I prefer preserving the mbox file names but moving the files to a new, 
hidden directory like ~/.converted-mbox .  Preserving the file names is 
consistent with the other behavior, and it's easier to reverse the 
>> Is the CVS stable, or should I wait for 1.0 RC 16?
> Should be stable if you use branch_1_0 branch and not HEAD.
I'm guessing the new convert feature is in both, but if it tries to 
rename ~, then I'll wait.  :)


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