From Courier to Dovecot


I switched my IMAP server from Courier to Dovecot.


I was never really fond of Courier. It is a capable but cumbersome system.
Since “everybody” was talking about Dovecot and it was made the default IMAP server for various systems, I decided to try it myself.


Quite easy.

  • Install with Apt.
  • Create the database user for Dovecot.
  • Fiddle with the SQL configuration (don’t forget to uncomment the sql section in dovecot.conf).
  • Fiddle with the directory settings (it still does not take individual mail directories from the database).
  • Change my password in the database (very easy with dovecotpw).
  • Reindex my mails with Thunderbird.



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