[Dovecot] dovecot for imap

John Peacock jpeacock at rowman.com
Mon Apr 30 20:52:41 EEST 2007

dhottinger at harrisonburg.k12.va.us wrote:
> They are for a fact invisible.  I tried to subscribe to them.  They dont 
> show up.  

Then indeed you have the wrong mail_location directive in the 
configuration file.  You should follow all of the steps listed here:


starting with step 5.  Unless someone on the list has *exactly* the same 
setup as you do, I would perform those tests yourself, since anyone 
random user's suggestion for mail_location should be considered a WAG 
(wild a$$ed guess).

> However, new folders can be created.  Looks like dovecot 
> created a folder in /home/user named mail, and Maildir.  mail has 
> userfolders in it and Maildir has their inbox.  Does this sound right?  
> Currently my users inbox is /var/mail/spool/mail.

For one thing, if your existing "user created folders" exist in the top 
level /home/username folder, then this is certainly wrong:

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

since that would store the user folders inside a directory called "mail" 
in their home directory (which is what you found, right?).

One last suggestion, make sure that you restart dovecot completely after 
making changes to the config file; it sounds like at somepoint you had 
something else in mail_location, which is why you have a Maildir.


John Peacock
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