[Dovecot] debugging mail_location issues

Charles Marcus CMarcus at Media-Brokers.com
Thu Mar 31 15:00:56 EEST 2011

On 2011-03-30 5:12 PM, Walt Shekrota wrote:
> Type of Maildir structure I am using came from KDE. No '.'s just folders.

According to the Wiki, dovecot uses Maildir++ directory structure, which
requires the preceding dots in the directory names:



"Directory Structure

Dovecot uses Maildir++ directory layout for organizing mailbox
directories. This means that all the folders are directly inside
~/Maildir directory:

    ~/Maildir/new, ~/Maildir/cur and ~/Maildir/tmp directories contain
the messages for INBOX. The tmp directory is used during delivery, new
messages arrive in new and read shall be moved to cur by the clients.

    ~/Maildir/.folder/ is a mailbox folder

    ~/Maildir/.folder.subfolder/ is a subfolder of a folder (ie.

Most importantly this means that if your maildir folders exist in eg.
~/Maildir/folder and ~/Maildir/folder/subfolder, Dovecot won't see them
unless you rename them to Maildir++ layout. v1.1 supports them by adding
:LAYOUT=fs to mail_location."

I don't know if the last sentence above should read ">>> v1.1+..." or if
versions after 1.1 no longer support ':LAYOUT=fs' ...


Best regards,


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