change default mailbox names

Christos Soulios soulbros at
Tue Apr 26 07:04:30 EDT 2005

If your  server is patched with the autocreate inbox patch, then you can
configure the names of the INBOX subfolders in imapd.conf by the
"autocreateinboxfolders" configuration option. (eg autocreateinboxfolders:
Sent | Drafts | Trash)

For more information on the configuration parameters of autocreate inbox
patch, please see :


Ken Murchison said:
Nick Trenary wrote:
> At 03:20 PM 4/20/2005, Derrick J Brashear wrote:
>> On Wed, 20 Apr 2005, Nick Trenary wrote:
>>>> There answer may be "no" but unless you give an example of what you
>>>> mean it's hard to know what you're really asking for.
>>> The default mailbox names created are Inbox, Deleted Messages,
>>> Drafts, and Sent Messages.  I want to shorten the names to something
>>> like Inbox, Trash, Drafts and Out(box) respectively if I can.
>> inbox is a synonym for user.(you).
>> the rest are presumably being created by the client. if you want the
>> client to create something else, well, you need to pervert the client
>> to do so. what client?
> I don't think so.  I created to users, I logged in initially as user1 in
> Eudora and user2 in Squirrelmail.  Both had the same folder names
> created.  That leads me to believe it is in cyrus somewhere.  My
> imapd.conf doesn't mention the mailbox names anywhere.

Nope.  As one of the maintainers of Cyrus, I'll repeat what others have
told you.  An unmodified Cyrus server does NOT create any mailboxes on
its own.  An admin has to create the INBOX (user.<userid>) and any other
mailboxes are usually created by the client (either explicitly or
implicitly by the user).

There is an "autocreate" patch for Cyrus floating around which can be
configured to create additional mailboxes when an admin creates an
INBOX.  You might want to see if your source/distro has been patched.

Kenneth Murchison     Oceana Matrix Ltd.
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