can't create directories

Craig Ringer craig at
Wed Feb 25 22:38:15 EST 2004

On Thu, 2004-02-26 at 11:01, Florin Andrei wrote:

> I was asking because, previously, the structure of the mail folders
> didn't put everything under Inbox, and i wanted to preserve that. And
> actually, another IMAP server that i've been playing with (Dovecot)
> cannot store messages in a folder that already has subfolders, so i was
> kinda worried about not being able to use Inbox in Cyrus if i create
> subfolders in it (looks like i was wrong?).

Indeed; that's an IMAP server specific thing. Cyrus doesn't care, and
will happily allow mailboxes containing messages to also contain

> How about other "important" folders, such as Sent, Draft, etc? Do these
> need to be created as Inbox subfolders as well?

Yes. Many mail clients do this automatically when they notice the PREFIX
sent by cyrus, but some require manual folder creation :-( 

Evolution, for example, must have the folders created for it and must
then be configured to use the Sent folder on the IMAP server instead of
the Sent in Local Folders. *sigh*. You can't even turn off the "Sent"
and "Inbox" folders in Local Folders if they're unused - a little UI pet
hate of mine.

If you're working with particularly braindead clients (or users) - see
man imapd.conf for the altnamespace directive I mentioned earlier.

> I'm probably paying too much attention to the way Evolution creates the
> local folders structure, with Inbox, Sent, Draft, Trash, etc. at top
> level, and allowing for other folders to be created at the same level.

This is how my mailbox looks under Evolution.

Craig Ringer

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