Folder names with ' character in its name.

Michael Menge michael.menge at
Fri Sep 19 15:52:03 EDT 2008

Quoting Carles Xavier Munyoz Baldó <carles at>:

> Hello,
> We have recently migrated a mail server based on Courier to a new e-mail
> platform with Cyrus.
> For the mailboxes content migration we used the imapsync tool.
> We have seen that some foldes with names like this:
> I'm here
> That is, folders with the ' character in it's name folder, where not migrated
> because Cyrus reports such names as invalid.
> How can we solve it?

One way is to remove/replace the ' in the foldername

> Is it possible to use the ' character in Cyrus folders names?

The ' is not in the set of allowed characters, which is defined as
GOODCHARS in imap/mboxname.c

But I don't know if adding it to GOODCHARS will bring other problems.


         Michael Menge

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