I have a vps in contabo I installed a postfix mail server, OS Centos 7, but now postfix use an structure to save the emails and the mailbox in folders structures in a Maildir folder, but i dont need that: for example:


And in that location you can find several files, each file for each email. I dont need that.

I need a traditional mailbox in a single file mailbox located in /var/spool/mail/myEmailAccount.

¿Its there a way that I can fix that?


Edit /etc/postfix/main.cf and look for the line starting home_mailbox=.

For mail to be delivered as you described, it is probably set to home_mailbox=Maildir/. Comment out this line by putting # at the start, then postfix reload.

The default mailbox file is /var/spool/mail/user, so not having any home_mailbox line should give your desired result.

  • And how can I create a new mailbox that its located in /var/spool/mail to have several mailbox in that location. – Luis Alfredo Serrano Díaz Jul 29 '20 at 13:57
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    When a user receives new mail, the /var/spool/mail/user file should be created automatically for them. No need to create it explicitly. – tater Jul 29 '20 at 14:33
  • But how should a send a mail to that user? – Luis Alfredo Serrano Díaz Oct 24 '20 at 2:32
  • I sended several to test but nothing happened – Luis Alfredo Serrano Díaz Oct 24 '20 at 2:59

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