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Old 12-13-2007, 12:18 AM   #1
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ERR this user has no $home/maildir

How to set up maildir

I have a couple of mailboxes sucessfully sending mail to each other remotely from Pc's connecting to a Linux mail server

In Linux, I have added a new user [ adduser username ]
I have added a password for the new user [ passwd username]

I can from remote pc send mail from the new username, to an existing user, but I cannot receive mail.
' ERR this user has no $home/maildir' it seems there is no maildir for the new username, and the password will not accept ?

How do I fix this issue and create a mail directory for the new user in Linux ?

Mail is held in /var/spool/mail

doing ls /home I can see the username is created

As a newby I am stumped at this point. Reading on the web I see I perhaps should create cur,new,tmp maildir and change the ownership to the user

Any suggestions on how to get this done?

Old 12-14-2007, 09:11 AM   #2
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Chances are you don't have your email client setup properly. Make sure your username in the Username box of your email client is your FULL email address.

Check everything is really set up correctly:

Some related issues to check:
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How do I fix this issue and create a mail directory for the new user in Linux ?
In most cases, you have to edit the file /etc/default/useradd and look for the CREATE_MAIL_SPOOL key. Add (if absent) or edit to
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you would use the maildirmake program to create the mail directories in the users home folder. this must be done AS THE USER..

Then you should then su to root and do the same to /etc/skel so that all new users will automatically have mail directories created when their account is created.

a good example is in this Debian mail server how-to ..
Creating Maildir directories

Now we need to create the Maildir directories for incoming mail to land in. We do this with the tool maildirmake, and we do it within the user's home directories. Do the following for existing users.

:# su user
:# cd ~
:# maildirmake Maildir (creates ~/Maildir plus cur, new, and tmp subdirs)
:# maildirmake -f Drafts Maildir (creates ~/Maildir/.Drafts)
:# maildirmake -f Junk Maildir (creates ~/Maildir/.Junk)
:# maildirmake -f Sent Maildir (creates ~/Maildir/.Sent)
:# maildirmake -f Templates Maildir (creates ~/Maildir/.Templates)
:# exit (back to being root)

Now repeat the above process as root in /etc/skel so new users will get Maildir directories automatically.

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