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I use Ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS . How to change the location of the Mailbox /home/user/Maildir/ to /Location/Mail/?
I don't have to create home directory for that user.
I did some changes in the /etc/default/useradd file and /etc/login.defs but when I create a new user doesn't reflect(mail directory is created in /home/user/ directory).

So I need to create a user of which its mail directory points to /Location/Mail/ by default.

I also use postfix. If I can change default user mail directory in postfix, it is also okay for me.

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To change the location of Mailbox, include the below line in the file '/etc/postfix/main.cf'

virtual_mailbox_base = /Location/Mail/

If you don't want to create home directory(i.e non Unix Account user) then include the below line in the file '/etc/postfix/main.cf'

virtual_alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/userlist

Once you added these files in Postfix, add the required user's you wish to configure the mailbox, In File /etc/postfix/userlist,

user1@example.com   user1
user2@example.com   user2

...with your required no.of users...

If you do need to create user's default maildir to /Location/Mail/ instead of /home then modify in the file '/etc/default/useradd'

Home=/Location/Mail

This will create Mailbox in the path /Location/Mail//Maildir/

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The easiest way is to set the mail_spool_directory to the new directory:

sudo postconf mail_spool_directory=/Location/Mail/

For this to work, home_mailbox must be empty:

sudo postconf home_mailbox=

However, your server might be set up to use a different command to write deliver mails to a user. The mailbox_command parameter might have been set (e.g. mailbox_command = procmail -a "$EXTENSION" in /etc/postfix/main.cf) or a transport using the Dovecot MDA could be defined in /etc/postfix/master.cf.

In other words: The above should work, but this really depends on the rest of your setup.

  • How do I change the mailbox directory from User home dir to another default dir? – Ruban Savvy Jan 27 '16 at 10:56
  • The two commands above should be sufficient to change the default directory using postfix. As already stated, it's hard to tell without knowing your exact setup. Add the content of /etc/postfix/main.cf and /etc/postfix/master.cf to your question if you need more details. – tarleb Jan 27 '16 at 16:12

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