[Dovecot] Convert mbox to maildir

Héctor S. Mendoza O hector at acorporativa.com.mx
Fri Apr 13 22:16:48 EEST 2007

Hello all


I’ve installed a new Server with dovecot, started using it and had no
problems until I noticed that I couldn’t create sub-sub-folders on my imap
account, I’ve read for the past two days info on how to convert and I know
now that instead of using mbox I need to user maildir, the issue is now to
convert mbox to maildir, on the various searches I did, I found the convert
wiki page (http://wiki.dovecot.org/Plugins/Convert) followed the
instructions there and no luck, I always end up with an error:


failed: Permission denied

Error: imap dump-capability process returned 89


If I remove the line convert_mail = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u it starts
correctly but I see no e-mails and no conversion takes place, since it’s a
production server I’ve reverted all changes and had to add a line
(mail_location = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u) to be able to see my
e-mails again. I’ve tried stopping dovecot, making the changes and trying
dovecot –n to see the configuration, but with the same results.


Any ideas on what I’ve been doing wrong?






[root at chihuahua etc]# dovecot --version


[root at chihuahua etc]# dovecot -n

# /etc/dovecot.conf

login_dir: /var/run/dovecot/login

login_executable(default): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login

login_executable(imap): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login

login_executable(pop3): /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3-login

mail_location: mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u

mail_executable(default): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap

mail_executable(imap): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap

mail_executable(pop3): /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3

mail_plugin_dir(default): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap

mail_plugin_dir(imap): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap

mail_plugin_dir(pop3): /usr/lib/dovecot/pop3

auth default:


    driver: pam


    driver: passwd

[root at chihuahua etc]#

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