[Dovecot] Maildir, INDEX, and folders

Troy Engel tengel at fluid.com
Mon Apr 16 20:41:35 EEST 2007

I'm reading the wiki et el. regarding indexes, but can't come up with a 
coherent answer to the setup and what will happen. I want to take the 
indexes and move them off of NFS (~/Maildir) and place in 
/var/spool/dovecot/indexes, but not have to hand create everything (user 
homes, mail folders)

So, I create a parent folder /var/spool/dovecot/indexes that has the 
appropriate permissions for writing by all users/dovecot. If I then set:

  mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir:INDEX=/var/spool/dovecot/indexes/%1u/%u

...will the dovecot daemon(s) automagically create (A) the parent user 
folders (i.e. .../indexes/t/tengel/)(1), and (B) the necessary 
subfolders for all the child folder indexes? (i.e. 

Most of the doc info seems to revolve around moving your indexes if you 
use mbox, I'm a little fuzzy on what happens with Maildir when you 
attempt this.


(1) in our setup, initially user's home folders are created on an admin 
server -> NFS that is not the mail server, so Dovecot needs to create 
the home & index folders on it's own at runtime.

Troy Engel | Systems Engineer
Fluid, Inc | http://www.fluid.com

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