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I have install postfix and dovecot in Fedora 9 and moved all the accounts and their mails from the old
Mandrake server (the mails are under /var/spool/mail/<user> in the old Mandrake server) to this new Fedora 9 server.
When the userxx tries to download mail from the Fedora 9, it failed and the following
message receives from /var/log/maillog:
dovecot: POP3(userxx): mbox: Can't create root mail directory /home/userxx/mail: Permission denied
dovecot: POP3(userxx): MAIL environment missing and autodetection failed (home /home/userxx)
Some users like userxx do not have a home directory. I only use pop3 and all the mailboxes are under /var/spool/mail/<user> in the new server.
I don't want to create a home directory for all the mail users as there are a lot of users do not have home directory. These
users are email users only.
you may want to look into the mail_location in dovecot.conf to see if defining this does not help you. You should have documentation regarding this (and others) under /usr/share/doc/dovecot-*/. I recommend starting with /usr/share/doc/dovecot-*/wiki/MailLocation.txt (or similar).