Difference: IMAPMailFiles (10 vs. 11)

Revision 112009-02-18 - WilliamSeligman

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META TOPICPARENT name="Mail"

IMAP mail files

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  On occasion, it can be useful to know or change where those files are located. Although your .subscriptions file provides clues to that location, ultimately it is your mail reader that tells dovecot where to look for your IMAP mail files. Each mail reader has a slightly different way to set that location.
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If you follow the instructions below, and the field is blank, it means that your IMAP files are in the default location as determined by dovecot. Before the IMAP file switch on 18-Feb-09, this is your home directory; after 18-Feb-09, it is /mail/folders/$user (where $user is the name of your Nevis account).
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If you follow the instructions below, and the field is blank, it means that your IMAP files are in the default location as determined by dovecot: /a/mail/folders/$user (where $user is the name of your Nevis account).
  In brief, the location of your IMAP files is usually found in the "Advanced" section of the server settings in your mail program. In detail:
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  • Look in the text box labeled "Folder path".
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Note: The IMAP connection in Squirrelmail doesn't seem to be able to handle a location that begins with /. That means that any folder path typed into the text box has to be relative to the default IMAP file location, which is presently your home directory. If your IMAP files are located outside your home directory, you may have to create a symbolic link in your home directory to be able see them in webmail; e.g. if your account name is jsmith:
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Note: The IMAP connection in Squirrelmail doesn't seem to be able to handle a location that begins with /. That means that any folder path typed into the text box has to be relative to the default IMAP file location, which is /a/mail/folders/$user. If your IMAP files are located outside that path, you may have to create a symbolic link in /a/mail/folders/$user to be able see them in webmail; e.g. if your account name is jsmith:
 
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ln -sf /a/mail/folders/jsmith ~jsmith/mail
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ln -sf ~/jsmithmail /a/mail/folders/jsmith/mail
 

... and then use mail/ as the folder path in webmail (don't forget the trailing slash).

 
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