Imap - Maildir format

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by KenKnight, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. KenKnight

    KenKnight Member

    Hi all,

    I've recently installed the Fedora Core 3 Perfect setup along with ISPconfig and would prefer to use the Maildir vs mbox format. I read in another post here that the ipop software only supported the mbox format. What are the steps necessary to utilize the Maildir format?

  2. KenKnight

    KenKnight Member

    got it!

    Hi all,

    I basically did the following;

    chkconfig imap off
    chkconfig imaps off
    chkconfig ipop3 off
    chkconfig pop3s off
    chkconfig dovecot on

    /etc/init.d/dovecot start

    I believe these were all the commands I typed in the shell. Next I went into ISPConfig and place a checkmark in the Maildir checkbox. Then sent an email to my email address on this server.

    I then logged in and everything was a 100x faster than with the mbox format.

    I've just completed a large conversion of mbox format mailboxes to the Maildir format and can tell you with absolute assurity that the Maildir format is much much much faster than the mbox format. I've got users with 10,000+ emails with several gigs per mailbox and the speed difference is unbelievable.

    Hope this helps.

    Good luck!
  3. rosa hsiao

    rosa hsiao New Member

    I already use mailbox for a while. If change mailbox to maildir, what steps should I take to move each user's original mailbox to his new maildir?

    How ISPCofig handle each user's maildir directory?
  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff

    First, you have to install a POP3 and IMAP daemon like Courier that supports Maildir.
    Afterwards, and after the Maildir of a user has been created, you can move emails from mbox to Maildir with a tool like mb2md:
  5. rosa hsiao

    rosa hsiao New Member

    I have installed dovecot daemon, but which one is compatible with ISPConfig's Maildir and quota function?

    Can you also give me some links poinit to 'dovecot vs courier-imap'? Since I am in Asia area,it is preferable to have the pop and imap daemon supporting Big5 mail messages without fail.
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator Howtoforge Staff

    I think both do the same, so it doesn't matter which one you try.
  7. rosa hsiao

    rosa hsiao New Member

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