[Imap-uw] mbx and the necessity of ~/INBOX
kaljio at stud.uni-frankfurt.de
Mon Nov 19 12:02:14 PST 2007
is it possible to move from mbox to mbx while keeping the old "mbox"
files (/var/mail/$username) _and_ let the users have their IMAP folders
in their home directory (/home/$username/...)?
Our current uw-imap setup uses the old unix mbox file located
in /var/mail/$username. User- and client-generated subfolders are in
the user's home directories. The mailfolders in ~ should stay in mbox
format as they are mounted with NFS.
Today I installed uw-imap on a testing machine and generated the
mbx-file in /var/mail for my test user, but uw-imap kept complaining
that it could not open the INBOX file. After a while I discovered that
uw-imap seems to need a file called INBOX in the user's home directory.
The MTA delivers the mails to the mbx format file in /var/mail and
uw-imap then moves it to ~/INBOX but this is not usable in our setup as
~ is a NFS mount on the real machine (on the testing machine it was a
I thought I could use mbx as some kind of drop-in replacement for mbox,
but as the user's mail files are split in ~(NFS) and /var/mail(local)
and we'd like to keep the mailbox file for incoming mails in /var/mail,
the need to create an INBOX file in ~ (is there something I missed in
the documentation?) is a restriction that would not allow us to use this
uw-imap is 2006k (most recent one) running on Linux.
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