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Mac OS X with Unix Mail Server, Squirrelmail

I'm recovering an older OS X Server boot volume, Server 10.5.  The volume won't boot, and fails Disk Repair with to thread errors.  The sever is running the Apple provided Unix mail server, Squirrelmail.

I have full backups.  My recovery involves a full system restore, but I'm also working on a plan B.

Plan B involves manually copying folders from the compromised volume and working with them on a second server.

I'm copying the following Squirrelmail directories:
etc/squirrelmail/config
private/var/spool   (appears to be bulk of IMAP mail data)
private/var/db       (appears to be additional data and attachments)

I'm reviewing files in etc/squirrelmail/config and I believe I'm setup with default directories.

Can I simply enable the mail service on a second, nearly identical server and recreate the mail server by replacing these folders?  Am I missing any folders from the source volume?

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1. Correct, thanks, Apple's mail service in 10.5 uses multiple services.  In my conversations with Apple Care "Squirrelmail" has always been sufficient for describing the vintage, but you are correct that it's only the front end.  

2.  Correct, thanks, "Mac OS X Server uses Cyrus to provide POP and IMAP service".  "Mac OS X Server uses Postfix as its mail transfer agent (MTA). Postfix fully supports
SMTP" Source: http://manuals.info.apple.com/en/Mail_Service_Admin_v10.5.pdf

3.  The second server is the OD master.  The compromised server was the OD replica.

4.  The Mail Service Admin Guide above describes "Backing Up and Restoring Mail Messages".   Unfortunately I don't know what they mean by "the mail service folder".

This seems to be what I was looking for:
https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2726720?start=0&tstart=0
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The default mail store often appears as:
var/spool/imap

In my case that is:
private/var/spool/imap

Additional paths are used to reconstruct the Cyrus database.  From Apple:
http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3120
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The comments and clarifications from nxnw are very helpful.

I also wanted to comment on Apple's liberal description of "mail service folder".