How does useradd determine the default mailbox/maildir location for new users

Erik Norgaard norgaard at
Tue Oct 10 09:05:00 PDT 2006

Lowell Gilbert wrote:
> Niek Dekker <niekdekker at> writes:
>> I am running Exim 4.62 MTA on FBSD 6.0_release.
>> When I create a new user using useradd, a mailbox file for the new
>> user is created in /var/mail.
>> As I am using Maildir with maildirs in /var/mail, I do not want that.
> And none of those are documented to do anything of the sort.
> I think you should just write your own wrapper.  You could write it as
> a wrapper for adduser, or you could make your own version of adduser
> (which is just a shell script). 

Why not just store your mail in a different directory - say /var/exim? 
Does it hurt your eyes if it's not called /var/mail?

In login.conf you set user environment path to the user's mailbox (don't 
know if this is worth anything with Maildir), and configure exim to use 
that directory - this sounds like the easier solution.

Cheers, Erik
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