Translate mailbox names to filesystem paths


mbpath [ -C config-file ] [ -l ] [ -m ] [ -q ] [ -s ] [ -u | -p ] [ -a | -A | -M | -S | -U ] [ mailbox-names... ]


Given a mailbox name or a space separated list of mailbox names, mbpath outputs the filesystem path(s) of the mailbox. By default, the mailboxes' data partition paths are shown (same as -D). See Selectors for selecting which filesystem path(s) to output.

mbpath reads its configuration options out of the imapd.conf(5) file unless specified otherwise by -C. It uses <configdirectory>/mailboxes.db to locate the mailboxes on disk.


-C config-file

Use the specified configuration file config-file rather than the default imapd.conf(5).

-l, --local-only

Local mailboxes only (exits with error for remote or nonexistent mailboxes)


Output the path to the metadata files (if different from the message files). Legacy, use -M.

-q, --quiet

Suppress any error output.

-s, --stop

If any error occurs, stop processing the list of mailboxes and exit.

-u, --userids

The specified mailbox-names are userids, not mailboxes.

-p, --paths

The specified mailbox-names are UNIX mailbox paths, not mailboxes.


-A, --archive

Show the mailbox archive path

-D, --data

Show the mailbox data path (default)

-M, --metadata

Show the mailbox metadata path (same as -m)

-S, --sieve

Show the user sieve scripts path

-U, --user-files

Show the user files path (seen, sub, etc)

-a, --all

Show all paths, as if all selectors were specified


mbpath user.jsmith

Display the data path for mailbox user.jsmith.

mbpath -M user.jsmith

Display the metadata path for mailbox user.jsmith.

mbpath -u -S jsmith

Display the sieve scripts path for user jsmith.



/etc/imapd.conf, <configdirectory>/mailboxes.db

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