Cyrus-imapd can't find my mail

Adam Tauno Williams awilliam at
Mon Sep 15 06:27:30 EDT 2014

On Fri, 2014-09-12 at 14:03 -0700, John Oliver wrote: 
> I'm pretty certain this is because it just doesn't know where to look,
> but I'm not sure how to tell it :-(
> I was using as
> a guide, but needed to switch to cyrus-imapd  I think cyrus doesn't know
> how to look in /var/vmail/ as the vmail user.

"cyrus doesn't know how to look in /var/vmail/ as the vmail user"

Neither does a dolphin know how to fly; that documentation is not about

Try reconstructing the mailbox after you put message files back.

  sudo -u cyrus  /usr/lib/cyrus-imapd/reconstruct -r -k -f user.fred

Paths may vary based upon distribution and packages.

Use the Cyrus documentation available @
<> and/or take a look at the Cyrus
chapter in my `book` @

Comments on documentation are appreciated.  Writing documentation is
hard - feedback helps; sometimes if you understand something your
explanation has holes only the less advanced reader can point out.

Adam Tauno Williams <mailto:awilliam at> GPG D95ED383
Systems Administrator, Python Developer, LPI / NCLA

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