Thunderbird can connect to Dovecot (finally) but cannot download the contents of the inbox

Any idea why please?

dovecot log extract:
Jan 21 10:44:57 pop3-login: Info: Login: user=<>, method=PLAIN, rip=XXX.41.5.XXX, lip=XXX.95.10.XXX, mpid=14918, TLS
Jan 21 10:44:57 pop3( Info: Disconnected: Logged out top=0/0, retr=0/0, del=0/0, size=0

When I use “Read user mail” from webmin I can see everything in the inbox!.

The following run locally on the VPS also produces 0 messages from list

[root@xxx certs]# telnet pop3
Trying XXX.95.10.XXX…
Connected to
Escape character is ‘^]’.
+OK Dovecot ready.
pass thepassword
+OK Logged in.
+OK 0 messages:

cracked it, read user mail showed the path as /var/mail/

the dovecot mail file config had the wrong option selected for mail location it was
Inbox and folders in ~/Maildir

changed to
Inbox under /var/mail, folders in ~/mail

now thunderbird downloads :wink: