On 2014-08-20 00:43, James Knott wrote:
With my previous set up, fetchmail brought the mail to
the user and
dovecot managed to pick it up there. I didn't have to do anything else
with sendmail, procmail etc. When dovecot was working in the wrong
directory, that was still happening. Now that I've got it out of the
user's directory, dovecot no longer does that.
Don't you just *LOVE* the way people "improve" things?
You have to be aware of how things really work, what are the defaults,
what do you change, and when the defaults change, adjust.
You run fetchmail with this configuration, per your recent post:
I understand you run it as some user; you have not said which, so I'll
assume it is "james". So fetchmail will just handle over the email it
gets to "postfix", telling it that it is intended for user "james".
Now, postfix may be configured one way or another, but you can check:
Telcontar:~ # postconf | grep mailbox_command
mailbox_command = /usr/bin/procmail
which means that, in my case, it is handled over to procmail. The
default is empty. Normally, that means that the new email would end on:
So that's the place that dovecot and others call "INBOX", and it is in
mbox format (unix default).
Now, your dovecot has this configuration, as you posted recently:
location = maildir:~/Mail/INBOX:LAYOUT=fs
which I understand means that it expects the INBOX to be the Maildir
directory "/home/james/mail/INBOX" - but that is not where the system is
I think you need something like:
mail_location = INBOX=/var/mail/%u
which only defines the inbox, not the archive. That would be something
like this (my config):
mail_location = mbox:~/Mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
but of course, instead of mbox, you have to say maildir for the archive
and mbox for INBOX.
(my config means that INBOX is the mbox file "/var/mail/james",
and the archive is the mbox directory "/home/james/Mail/")
In order to verify, you have to look at the logs.
At the start of the fetchmail config, add this line:
on "/etc/dovecot/local.conf" (if it does not exist, create it) add this
mail_debug = yes
and restart dovecot. Now fetch some mail (please use "fetchmail -v"),
and have a look at the file "/var/log/mail" and try to trace what is
Good hunting! :-)
Cheers / Saludos,
Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)