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Old 06-03-2009, 04:43 PM
thebook thebook is offline
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Switching from mbox to maildir formats?


We are running RHEL 4 servers using sendmail, qpopper and
UW Imap. Right now we are using the old mbox format for
user mail and now we are suffering from inefficiency.

Has anybody gone through the conversion process when there
are a LOT of existing accounts and we want to avoid service
interruptions. Any links to a guide?


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Old 06-04-2009, 02:49 AM
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Old 06-04-2009, 07:12 AM
thebook thebook is offline
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Okay, thanks for the link, will check it out. Would appreciate
any feedback from anyone who has actually gone through the
process of converting an existing sendmail, qpopper, UW-IMAP to
maildir from mbox. We have a large customer base and want
to avoid any 'gotchas'.


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Old 06-04-2009, 11:40 AM
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I strongly suggest backing up all the mail before doing the upgrade and asking users to download all of their mail first too. I've seen many instances where mail was lost during the upgrade, even with proper conversion, mainly with subfolders/mailboxes.

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