Postfix mailbox location

Wade Smart wadesmart at
Thu Sep 10 23:24:06 UTC 2009

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Wade Smart wrote:
>> After getting my fetchmail to work properly (thanks guys :D)
>> postfix produced an error:
>> postfix/local: status = bounced (cannot update mailbox
>> /home/wadesmart/data/wadesmart/Maildir for user wadesmart.)
>> My mail was in /home/wadesmart/Maildir on my old system.
>> Now my old home is mounted as /data and my mail is located at
>> /data/wadesmart/Maildir.
> Except that you explicitly showed us something where the directory was 
> specified as "data/...".  If you want it in /data, you need to specify it as 
> /data!
>> I was reading the postfix manual and it says "Optional pathname of a
>> mailbox file relative to a local(8) user's home directory."
>> Im reading that to mean I cant put my mail where it is at - correct?
>> So can I not have it outside my /home directory?
> Sure, but why not just accept the defaults?  It's so much easier all around.  
> Postfix will put it where it wants, and dovecot will magically find it.

I had used /data before and was still facing issues and then changed it 
to data/ ... though I dont know at this point if the issues were the / 
up front or not.

I just took the time and moved all my mail from the data partition to 
/home for now. But Im definitely taking note for future reference :D

Thanks Derek.


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