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Creating public folders

Nathan Salt -


I want to create public folders


  • On-Premise Server + WebMail Installations: Version 6.0 > Current Version
  • Webmail Only Installations: Version 6.0 > Current Version


Folders not publicly accessible


This is a document for users who want to create publicly accessible folders via Atmail. This applies for the Atmail Server version. 

- first, open up /usr/local/atmail/mailserver/etc/dovecot.conf
- find this line:

info_log_path = /usr/local/atmail/mailserver/spool/log/dovecot_info_log

- below this, add:

namespace public {
  separator = .
  prefix = shared.
  location = maildir:/usr/local/atmail/users/shared/:INDEX=~/public
  subscriptions = no

- create the shared directory:

% mkdir /usr/local/atmail/users/shared

- apply the right permissions:

% chown atmail:atmail /usr/local/atmail/users/shared

- save changes. restart Dovecot afterwards:

% /etc/init.d/atmailserver restart

A "shared" container should then be created inside of the user's webmail interface. To create folders inside this container, create the directory manually:

% mkdir /usr/local/atmail/users/shared/.Foldername

Where ".Foldername" is the folder name prefixed by a full stop (".") . For example, a shared folder called "Gouda" would be created this way:

% mkdir /usr/local/atmail/users/shared/.Gouda

Set the permissions correctly afterwards:

% chown atmail:atmail /usr/local/atmail/users/shared/.Gouda

This will then have the folder publicly accessible by all users in your system.


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