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Am I storing e-mails to the correct path?

Working from the dovecot-postfix package I'm able to deliver e-mails to myself as so:

thufir@dur:~$ telnet localhost 25
Connected to localhost.
Escape character is '^]'.
220 ESMTP Postfix (Ubuntu)
mail from:<>
250 2.1.0 Ok
rcpt to:<thufir@localhost>
250 2.1.5 Ok
354 End data with <CR><LF>.<CR><LF>
subject: to evolution mail

we'll see if this goes through.
250 2.0.0 Ok: queued as 43D6F2A07C1
221 2.0.0 Bye
Connection closed by foreign host.

and then here's the message:

thufir@dur:~$ ll Maildir/new/
total 20
drwx------ 2 thufir thufir 4096 Nov 16 18:56 ./
drwx------ 5 thufir thufir 4096 Nov 16 18:56 ../
-rw------- 1 thufir thufir  410 Nov 16 11:57
-rw------- 1 thufir thufir  424 Nov 16 17:20
-rw------- 1 thufir thufir  445 Nov 16 18:56
thufir@dur:~$ nl Maildir/new/1353121003.M187706P3838.dur\,S\=445\,W\=457
      1 Return-Path: <>
      2 X-Original-To: thufir@localhost
      3 Delivered-To: thufir@localhost
      4 Received: from me (localhost [])
      5     by (Postfix) with SMTP id 43D6F2A07C1
      6     for <thufir@localhost>; Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:55:55 -0800
      7 subject: to evolution mail
      8 Message-Id: <>
      9 Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 18:55:55 -0800 (PST)
     10 From:

     11 we'll see if this goes through.

Do I perhaps have postfix misconfigured? I ask because evolution seems to use a different path for mail.

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There isn't really any such thing as "the correct path to store Maildir mail." You store it wherever you want to store it. You might choose to store it under users' homedirs, or you might choose to store it under an arbitrary path like /data/mail, or... whatever.

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