Missing maildir - bounce or tempfail?
As posted in a previous thread, I had a bunch of user maildirs disappear over the weekend. When I checked the mail logs I saw that messages destined for the missing maildirs were being bounced (Nov 19 06:31:39 gx postfix/local: 3B9B26D403D: to=<firstname.lastname@example.org>, orig_to=<email@example.com>, relay=local, delay=0, status=bounced (maildir delivery failed: create /its/isp/hosted/web371/user/customerdomain.com_duane/Maildir/tmp/1195475499.P20551.gx.eac: Permission denied)
The user referenced here has an entry in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow, has an entry in /etc/postfix/virtusertable, and an entry in /etc/courier/userdb. He does not have a home dir or a Maildir.
My previous experience have been mostly with sendmail and qmail. If the user's Maildir has bad permissions or is missing, shouldn't postfix be doing a TEMPFAIL instead of a BOUNCE?