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If this didn't help, you might have default_mail_env setting wrong. If it's unset, Dovecot tries to detect where your mail is stored by looking at ~/Maildir, ~/mail, /var/spool/mail/ and /var/mail/ directories. Depending on what you want, Dovecot might have guessed wrong.

If that didn't help, make sure the directory permissions are correct.

= Subscriptions =

Dovecot uses different filenames for list of mailbox subscriptions. You'll need to rename these to ones that Dovecot wants (currently ".subscriptions"):

 * UW-IMAP: .mailboxlist
 * Courier: courierimapsubscribed

= Troubleshooting =

If it's still not working, check first if the problem is with IMAP client or server configuration. Easiest way to do this is to talk IMAP directly:

{{{
telnet imap.server.org 143
x login username password
x list "" *
}}}

If you see a list of expected mailboxes, the problem is with your IMAP client.

Missing mailboxes

Dovecot by default doesn't use any "personal IMAP namespace prefix", which clients often call either "IMAP namespace" or "IMAP prefix". With Courier you probably had this set to "INBOX.", with UW-IMAP you might have set it to "mail/". So, the solution is simply to set this field empty and restart your IMAP client.

If this didn't help, you might have default_mail_env setting wrong. If it's unset, Dovecot tries to detect where your mail is stored by looking at ~/Maildir, ~/mail, /var/spool/mail/ and /var/mail/ directories. Depending on what you want, Dovecot might have guessed wrong.

If that didn't help, make sure the directory permissions are correct.

Subscriptions

Dovecot uses different filenames for list of mailbox subscriptions. You'll need to rename these to ones that Dovecot wants (currently ".subscriptions"):

  • UW-IMAP: .mailboxlist
  • Courier: courierimapsubscribed

Troubleshooting

If it's still not working, check first if the problem is with IMAP client or server configuration. Easiest way to do this is to talk IMAP directly:

telnet imap.server.org 143
x login username password
x list "" *

If you see a list of expected mailboxes, the problem is with your IMAP client.

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