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Maildir is a common open source email file storage format.

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How To

To convert mbox files to Maildir, use the mb2md command (it has a manpage).


When manually moving/copying Maildir folders, it is important to set the ownership and permissions correctly for the new location or the IMAP/POP3 server may claim that authentication has failed. It may leave "Permission denied" messages in the logfile when the permissions are in fact too permissive. On our server, for example, permissions must be owner-read/write and no access to anyone else (chmod 700 for folders, 600 or 700 for files); the owner:group must be set to the login of the user doing the access. (This is for non-virtual boxes.) --Woozle (talk) 08:49, 15 July 2014 (EDT)