This documentation is for Dovecot v2.x, see wiki1 for v1.x documentation.

Courier IMAP/POP3

WARNING: Badly done migration will cause your IMAP and/or POP3 clients to re-download all mails. Read Migration page first carefully.

Courier v0.43 and later to Dovecot v1.1+ does a perfect migration from Courier IMAP and POP3, preserving IMAP UIDs and POP3 UIDLs. It reads Courier's courierimapuiddb and courierpop3dsizelist files and produces dovecot-uidlist file from it.

Before doing the actual conversion you can run the script and see if it complains about any errors and such, for example:

# ./ --to-dovecot --recursive /home
Finding maildirs under /home
/home/user/Maildir/dovecot-uidlist already exists, not overwritten
/home/user/Maildir2: No imap/pop3 uidlist files
Total: 69 mailboxes / 6 users
       0 errors
No actual conversion done, use --convert parameter

The actual conversion can be done for all users at once by running the script with --convert --recursive parameters. Make sure the conversion worked by checking that dovecot-uidlist files were created to all maildirs (including to subfolders).

The --recursive option goes through only one level down in directory hierarchies. This means that if you have some kind of a directory hashing scheme (or even domain/username/), it won't convert all of the files.

You can also convert each user as they log in for the first time, using PostLoginScripting with a script something like:

# WARNING: Be sure to use mail_drop_priv_before_exec=yes,
# otherwise the files are created as root! --quiet --to-dovecot --convert Maildir
# This is for imap, create a similar script for pop3 too
exec /usr/local/libexec/dovecot/imap

FIXME: The script should rename also folder names that aren't valid mUTF-7. Dovecot can't otherwise access such folders.

Dovecot configuration

Courier by default uses "INBOX." as the IMAP namespace for private mailboxes. If you want a transparent migration, you'll need to configure Dovecot to use a namespace with "INBOX." prefix as well.

mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir

namespace {
  prefix = INBOX.
  separator = .
  inbox = yes

See also Namespaces#Backwards Compatibility: Courier IMAP.

Manual conversion

Migration/Courier (last edited 2015-08-25 06:08:39 by p57A3E9DC)