Convert MBox accounts to MailDir

MBox is the quick and ancient format for collecting mail on Unix systems, it consists of a single file per user under /var/spool/mail that has messages concatenated. Performance is very weak when deleting messages from a big mail store as the entire file has to be rewritten.

Maildir was invented for Qmail by Dan Bernstein and has a single message per file providing fast deletes among other performance profits. Maildir mail space speeds up the functionality of the mail server and overcomes memory usage due to mail-related processes. Multiple processes can use mailers at the same time.

It is time to change Mbox accounts to Maildir on your cPanel server.

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How to Convert MBox accounts to MailDir cPanel

  • The reformation process may take up to 24 hours. This depends on your server’s hardware and the number of accounts to convert.
  • You cannot send or receive mail while the server is in the turning process. Try to run this process at an off-peak time.
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