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Old 08-07-2004, 10:56 PM   #1
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Postfix $HOME/mail/inbox instead of /var/spool/mail

I use Redhat Fedora Core 1. I'm trying to run Postfix and IMAP mbox style. However, seems to send any Inbox messages to /var/spool/mail/user. I need to make is so that instead it sends the message to /home/user/mail/inbox. I'm having a lot of difficulty accomplishing this. How can I do this? I can only make Postfix receive to /var/spool/mail/user.
Old 08-08-2004, 12:34 AM   #2
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Create a symlink would be the easiest way...
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I already figured it out by doing that, except Maildir directories don't work if doing this, hence I went back to mbox inline file style. I figured out that the problem that I was having was with the entry in [ mailbox_command = /usr/bin/procmail ] - I had to comment it out. Also, if using virtual domains then mydestination needs to include any other virtual domain that you use.

I think I will stick with mbox format instead of Maildir. IMAP handles mbox better than POP since it reads the headers only, thus making the scanning a lot faster; this is especially important for Inboxes with thousands of messages. Maildir is just too complicated and anyways, eMail is not designed for long term storage so I will reduce the mailboxes to no more than a couple of hundred megabytes of size and do auto-prunning every 3 months. I feel sorry for admins who do not plan and policy this ahead of time.

I'd like to hear other opinions about Postfix from others...

Old 08-08-2004, 01:28 AM   #4
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try something like procmail. I use that to delive to /home/$user/Mail/Inbox. Be careful though, if you move your mbox, then you may have to recompile imap in order to know where the files are, depending on which imap server you're using.


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