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Old 11th February 2011, 23:01
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Default Exhausted every resource: can't login to dovecot

Ok, installed dovecot, postfix, squirrelmail. Servers are working (I can send mail from webmin & receive email for these email accounts).

However, I cannot access email outside of webmin... imail/squirrelmail do not work (unable to login). Any help would be MUCH appreciated!

Squirrelmail = ERROR: Connection dropped by IMAP server. Query: CAPABILITY

Logs the errors:

dovecot: Feb 11 21:36:45 Info: POP3(mailtest): Couldn't open INBOX top=0/0, retr=0/0, del=0/0, size=0
dovecot: Feb 11 21:36:47 Info: pop3-login: Login: user=<mailtest>, method=PLAIN, rip=::ffff:198.53.244.133, lip=::ffff:184.106.93.150, TLS
dovecot: Feb 11 21:36:47 Error: POP3(mailtest): stat(/home/mailtest/MailDir/cur) failed: Permission denied
dovecot: Feb 11 21:36:47 Error: POP3(mailtest): stat(/home/mailtest/MailDir/cur) failed: Permission denied

My dovecot.conf is as follows:

## Dovecot configuration file

# Base directory where to store runtime data.
#base_dir = /var/run/dovecot/

# Protocols we want to be serving: imap imaps pop3 pop3s
# If you only want to use dovecot-auth, you can set this to "none".
protocols = imap imaps pop3 pop3s

# IP or host address where to listen in for connections. It's not currently
# possible to specify multiple addresses. "*" listens in all IPv4 interfaces.
# "[::]" listens in all IPv6 interfaces, but may also listen in all IPv4
# interfaces depending on the operating system.
#
# If you want to specify ports for each service, you will need to configure
# these settings inside the protocol imap/pop3 { ... } section, so you can
# specify different ports for IMAP/POP3. For example:
# protocol imap {
# listen = *:10143
# ssl_listen = *:10943
# ..
# }
# protocol pop3 {
# listen = *:10100
# ..
# }
#listen = [::]


disable_plaintext_auth = no

#shutdown_clients = yes

##
## Logging
##

# Log file to use for error messages, instead of sending them to syslog.
# /dev/stderr can be used to log into stderr.
log_path = /var/log/mail.err

# Log file to use for informational and debug messages.
# Default is the same as log_path.
#info_log_path =

# Prefix for each line written to log file. % codes are in strftime(3)
# format.
#log_timestamp = "%b %d %H:%M:%S "

#syslog_facility = mail

##
## SSL settings
##

# IP or host address where to listen in for SSL connections. Defaults
# to above if not specified.
#ssl_listen =

# Disable SSL/TLS support.
#ssl_disable = no

# PEM encoded X.509 SSL/TLS certificate and private key. They're opened before
# dropping root privileges, so keep the key file unreadable by anyone but
# root. Included doc/mkcert.sh can be used to easily generate self-signed
# certificate, just make sure to update the domains in dovecot-openssl.cnf
#ssl_cert_file = /etc/pki/dovecot/certs/dovecot.pem
#ssl_key_file = /etc/pki/dovecot/private/dovecot.pem

# If key file is password protected, give the password here. Alternatively
# give it when starting dovecot with -p parameter. Since this file is often
# world-readable, you may want to place this setting instead to a different
# root owned 0600 file by using !include_try <path>.
#ssl_key_password =

# File containing trusted SSL certificate authorities. Usually not needed.
# The CAfile should contain the CA-certificate(s) followed by the matching
# CRL(s). CRL checking is new in dovecot .rc1
#ssl_ca_file =

# Request client to send a certificate. If you also want to require it, set
# ssl_require_client_cert=yes in auth section.
#ssl_verify_client_cert = no

# How often to regenerate the SSL parameters file. Generation is quite CPU
# intensive operation. The value is in hours, 0 disables regeneration
# entirely.
#ssl_parameters_regenerate = 168

# SSL ciphers to use
#ssl_cipher_list = ALL:!LOW

# Show protocol level SSL errors.
#verbose_ssl = no

##
## Login processes
##

# <doc/wiki/LoginProcess.txt>

#login_dir = /var/run/dovecot/login

#login_chroot = yes

#login_user = dovecot

# Set max. process size in megabytes. If you don't use
# login_process_per_connection you might need to grow this.
login_process_size = 64

# Should each login be processed in it's own process (yes), or should one
# login process be allowed to process multiple connections (no)? Yes is more
# secure, espcially with SSL/TLS enabled. No is faster since there's no need
# to create processes all the time.
#login_process_per_connection = yes

# Number of login processes to keep for listening new connections.
#login_processes_count = 3

#login_max_processes_count = 128

#login_max_connections = 256

# Greeting message for clients.
#login_greeting = Dovecot ready.

# Space-separated list of elements we want to log. The elements which have
# a non-empty variable value are joined together to form a comma-separated
# string.
#login_log_format_elements = user=<%u> method=%m rip=%r lip=%l %c

# Login log format. %$ contains login_log_format_elements string, %s contains
# the data we want to log.
#login_log_format = %$: %s

##
## Mailbox locations and namespaces
##

# Location for users' mailboxes. This is the same as the old default_mail_env
# setting. The default is empty, which means that Dovecot tries to find the
# mailboxes automatically. This won't work if the user doesn't have any mail
# yet, so you should explicitly tell Dovecot the full location.
#
# If you're using mbox, giving a path to the INBOX file (eg. /var/mail/%u)
# isn't enough. You'll also need to tell Dovecot where the other mailboxes are
# kept. This is called the "root mail directory", and it must be the first
# path given in the mail_location setting.
#
# There are a few special variables you can use, eg.:
#
# %u - username
# %n - user part in user@domain, same as %u if there's no domain
# %d - domain part in user@domain, empty if there's no domain
# %h - home directory
#
# See doc/wiki/Variables.txt for full list. Some examples:
#
# mail_location = maildir:~/Maildir
# mail_location = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
# mail_location = mbox:/var/mail/%d/%1n/%n:INDEX=/var/indexes/%d/%1n/%n
#
# <doc/wiki/MailLocation.txt>
#
mail_location = maildir:~/MailDir/
#default_mail_env = mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u

#namespace private {
# Hierarchy separator to use. You should use the same separator for all
# namespaces or some clients get confused. '/' is usually a good one.
# The default however depends on the underlying mail storage format.
#separator =

# Prefix required to access this namespace. This needs to be different for
# all namespaces. For example "Public/".
#prefix =

# Physical location of the mailbox. This is in same format as
# mail_location, which is also the default for it.
#location =

# There can be only one INBOX, and this setting defines which namespace
# has it.
#inbox = yes

# If namespace is hidden, it's not advertised to clients via NAMESPACE
# extension or shown in LIST replies. This is mostly useful when converting
# from another server with different namespaces which you want to depricate
# but still keep working. For example you can create hidden namespaces with
# prefixes "~/mail/", "~%u/mail/" and "mail/".
#hidden = yes
#}

#mail_privileged_group =

#mail_access_groups =

# Allow full filesystem access to clients. There's no access checks other than
# what the operating system does for the active UID/GID. It works with both
# maildir and mboxes, allowing you to prefix mailboxes names with eg. /path/
# or ~user/.
#mail_full_filesystem_access = no

##
## Mail processes
##

# Enable mail process debugging. This can help you figure out why Dovecot
# isn't finding your mails.
#mail_debug = no

# Log prefix for mail processes. See doc/wiki/Variables.txt for list of
# possible variables you can use.
#mail_log_prefix = "%Us(%u): "

# Max. number of lines a mail process is allowed to log per second before it's
# throttled. 0 means unlimited. Typically there's no need to change this
# unless you're using mail_log plugin, which may log a lot.
#mail_log_max_lines_per_sec = 10

# Don't use mmap() at all. This is required if you store indexes to shared
# filesystems (NFS or clustered filesystem).
#mmap_disable = no

# Don't write() to mmaped files. This is required for some operating systems
# which use separate caches for them, such as OpenBSD.
#mmap_no_write = no

# Rely on O_EXCL to work when creating dotlock files. The default is to use
# hard linking. O_EXCL makes the dotlocking faster, but it doesn't always
# work with NFS.
#dotlock_use_excl = no

# Don't use fsync() or fdatasync() calls. This makes the performance better
# at the cost of potential data loss if the server (or the file server)
# goes down.
#fsync_disable = no

# Locking method for index files. Alternatives are fcntl, flock and dotlock.
# Dotlocking uses some tricks which may create more disk I/O than other locking
# methods. NFS users: flock doesn't work, remember to change mmap_disable.
#lock_method = fcntl

# Drop all privileges before exec()ing the mail process. This is mostly
# meant for debugging, otherwise you don't get core dumps. It could be a small
# security risk if you use single UID for multiple users, as the users could
# ptrace() each others processes then.
#mail_drop_priv_before_exec = no

# Show more verbose process titles (in ps). Currently shows user name and
# IP address. Useful for seeing who are actually using the IMAP processes
# (eg. shared mailboxes or if same uid is used for multiple accounts).
#verbose_proctitle = no

# Valid UID range for users, defaults to 500 and above. This is mostly
# to make sure that users can't log in as daemons or other system users.
# Note that denying root logins is hardcoded to dovecot binary and can't
# be done even if first_valid_uid is set to 0.
#first_valid_uid = 500
#last_valid_uid = 0

# Valid GID range for users, defaults to non-root/wheel. Users having
# non-valid GID as primary group ID aren't allowed to log in. If user
# belongs to supplementary groups with non-valid GIDs, those groups are
# not set.
#first_valid_gid = 1
#last_valid_gid = 0

# Maximum number of running mail processes. When this limit is reached,
# new users aren't allowed to log in.
#max_mail_processes = 1024

# Set max. process size in megabytes. Most of the memory goes to mmap()ing
# files, so it shouldn't harm much even if this limit is set pretty high.
#mail_process_size = 256

# Maximum allowed length for mail keyword name. It's only forced when trying
# to create new keywords.
#mail_max_keyword_length = 50

# ':' separated list of directories under which chrooting is allowed for mail
# processes (ie. /var/mail will allow chrooting to /var/mail/foo/bar too).
# This setting doesn't affect login_chroot or auth chroot variables.
# WARNING: Never add directories here which local users can modify, that
# may lead to root exploit. Usually this should be done only if you don't
# allow shell access for users. <doc/wiki/Chrooting.txt>
#valid_chroot_dirs =

# Default chroot directory for mail processes. This can be overridden for
# specific users in user database by giving /./ in user's home directory
# (eg. /home/./user chroots into /home). Note that usually there is no real
# need to do chrooting, Dovecot doesn't allow users to access files outside
# their mail directory anyway. <doc/wiki/Chrooting.txt>
#mail_chroot =

##
## Mailbox handling optimizations
##

# Space-separated list of fields to initially save into cache file. Currently
# these fields are allowed:
#
# flags, date.sent, date.received, size.virtual, size.physical
# mime.parts, imap.body, imap.bodystructure
#
# Different IMAP clients work in different ways, so they benefit from
# different cached fields. Some do not benefit from them at all. Caching more
# than necessary generates useless disk I/O, so you don't want to do that
# either.
#
# Dovecot attempts to automatically figure out what client wants and it keeps
# only that. However the first few times a mailbox is opened, Dovecot hasn't
# yet figured out what client needs, so it may not perform optimally. If you
# know what fields the majority of your clients need, it may be useful to set
# these fields by hand. If client doesn't actually use them, Dovecot will
# eventually drop them.
#
# Usually you should just leave this field alone. The potential benefits are
# typically unnoticeable.
#mail_cache_fields =

# Space-separated list of fields that Dovecot should never save to cache file.
# Useful if you want to save disk space at the cost of more I/O when the fields
# needed.
#mail_never_cache_fields =

# The minimum number of mails in a mailbox before updates are done to cache
# file. This allows optimizing Dovecot's behavior to do less disk writes at
# the cost of more disk reads.
#mail_cache_min_mail_count = 0

# When IDLE command is running, mailbox is checked once in a while to see if
# there are any new mails or other changes. This setting defines the minimum
# time in seconds to wait between those checks. Dovecot can also use dnotify,
# inotify and kqueue to find out immediately when changes occur.
#mailbox_idle_check_interval = 30

# Save mails with CR+LF instead of plain LF. This makes sending those mails
# take less CPU, especially with sendfile() syscall with Linux and FreeBSD.
# But it also creates a bit more disk I/O which may just make it slower.
# Also note that if other software reads the mboxes/maildirs, they may handle
# the extra CRs wrong and cause problems.
#mail_save_crlf = no

##
## Maildir-specific settings
##

# By default LIST command returns all entries in maildir beginning with a dot.
# Enabling this option makes Dovecot return only entries which are directories.
# This is done by stat()ing each entry, so it causes more disk I/O.
# (For systems setting struct dirent->d_type, this check is free and it's
# done always regardless of this setting)
#maildir_stat_dirs = no

# When copying a message, do it with hard links whenever possible. This makes
# the performance much better, and it's unlikely to have any side effects.
#maildir_copy_with_hardlinks = no

# When copying a message, try to preserve the base filename. Only if the
# destination mailbox already contains the same name (ie. the mail is being
# copied there twice), a new name is given. The destination filename check is
# done only by looking at dovecot-uidlist file, so if something outside
# Dovecot does similar filename preserving copies, you may run into problems.
# NOTE: This setting requires maildir_copy_with_hardlinks = yes to work.
#maildir_copy_preserve_filename = no

##
## mbox-specific settings
##

# Which locking methods to use for locking mbox. There are four available:
# dotlock: Create <mailbox>.lock file. This is the oldest and most NFS-safe
# solution. If you want to use /var/mail/ like directory, the users
# will need write access to that directory.
# fcntl : Use this if possible. Works with NFS too if lockd is used.
# flock : May not exist in all systems. Doesn't work with NFS.
# lockf : May not exist in all systems. Doesn't work with NFS.
#
# You can use multiple locking methods; if you do the order they're declared
# in is important to avoid deadlocks if other MTAs/MUAs are using multiple
# locking methods as well. Some operating systems don't allow using some of
# them simultaneously.
#mbox_read_locks = fcntl
#mbox_write_locks = fcntl

# Maximum time in seconds to wait for lock (all of them) before aborting.
#mbox_lock_timeout = 300

# If dotlock exists but the mailbox isn't modified in any way, override the
# lock file after this many seconds.
#mbox_dotlock_change_timeout = 120

# When mbox changes unexpectedly we have to fully read it to find out what
# changed. If the mbox is large this can take a long time. Since the change
# is usually just a newly appended mail, it'd be faster to simply read the
# new mails. If this setting is enabled, Dovecot does this but still safely
# fallbacks to re-reading the whole mbox file whenever something in mbox isn't
# how it's expected to be. The only real downside to this setting is that if
# some other MUA changes message flags, Dovecot doesn't notice it immediately.
# Note that a full sync is done with SELECT, EXAMINE, EXPUNGE and CHECK
# commands.
#mbox_dirty_syncs = yes

# Like mbox_dirty_syncs, but don't do full syncs even with SELECT, EXAMINE,
# EXPUNGE or CHECK commands. If this is set, mbox_dirty_syncs is ignored.
#mbox_very_dirty_syncs = no

# Delay writing mbox headers until doing a full write sync (EXPUNGE and CHECK
# commands and when closing the mailbox). This is especially useful for POP3
# where clients often delete all mails. The downside is that our changes
# aren't immediately visible to other MUAs.
#mbox_lazy_writes = yes

# If mbox size is smaller than this (in kilobytes), don't write index files.
# If an index file already exists it's still read, just not updated.
#mbox_min_index_size = 0

##
## dbox-specific settings
##

# Maximum dbox file size in kilobytes until it's rotated.
#dbox_rotate_size = 2048

# Minimum dbox file size in kilobytes before it's rotated
# (overrides dbox_rotate_days)
#dbox_rotate_min_size = 16

# Maximum dbox file age in days until it's rotated. Day always begins from
# midnight, so 1 = today, 2 = yesterday, etc. 0 = check disabled.
#dbox_rotate_days = 0

##
## IMAP specific settings
##

protocol imap {
# Login executable location.
#login_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login

# IMAP executable location. Changing this allows you to execute other
# binaries before the imap process is executed.
#
# This would write rawlogs into ~/dovecot.rawlog/ directory:
# mail_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/rawlog /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap
#
# This would attach gdb into the imap process and write backtraces into
# /tmp/gdbhelper.* files:
# mail_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/gdbhelper /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap
#
#mail_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap

# Maximum IMAP command line length in bytes. Some clients generate very long
# command lines with huge mailboxes, so you may need to raise this if you get
# "Too long argument" or "IMAP command line too large" errors often.
#imap_max_line_length = 65536

# Support for dynamically loadable plugins. mail_plugins is a space separated
# list of plugins to load.
#mail_plugins =
#mail_plugin_dir = /usr/lib/dovecot/imap

# Send IMAP capabilities in greeting message. This makes it unnecessary for
# clients to request it with CAPABILITY command, so it saves one round-trip.
# Many clients however don't understand it and ask the CAPABILITY anyway.
#login_greeting_capability = no

# Override the IMAP CAPABILITY response.
#imap_capability =

# Workarounds for various client bugs:
# delay-newmail:
# Send EXISTS/RECENT new mail notifications only when replying to NOOP
# and CHECK commands. Some clients ignore them otherwise, for example OSX
# Mail (<v2.1). Outlook Express breaks more badly though, without this it
# may show user "Message no longer in server" errors. Note that OE6 still
# breaks even with this workaround if synchronization is set to
# "Headers Only".
# outlook-idle:
# Outlook and Outlook Express never abort IDLE command, so if no mail
# arrives in half a hour, Dovecot closes the connection. This is still
# fine, except Outlook doesn't connect back so you don't see if new mail
# arrives.
# netscape-eoh:
# Netscape 4.x breaks if message headers don't end with the empty "end of
# headers" line. Normally all messages have this, but setting this
# workaround makes sure that Netscape never breaks by adding the line if
# it doesn't exist. This is done only for FETCH BODY[HEADER.FIELDS..]
# commands. Note that RFC says this shouldn't be done.
# tb-extra-mailbox-sep:
# With mbox storage a mailbox can contain either mails or submailboxes,
# but not both. Thunderbird separates these two by forcing server to
# accept '/' suffix in mailbox names in subscriptions list.
# The list is space-separated.
imap_client_workarounds = daily-newmail outlook-idle netscape-oeh
}

##
## POP3 specific settings
##

protocol pop3 {
# Login executable location.
#login_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3-login

# POP3 executable location. See IMAP's mail_executable above for examples
# how this could be changed.
#mail_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3

# Don't try to set mails non-recent or seen with POP3 sessions. This is
# mostly intended to reduce disk I/O. With maildir it doesn't move files
# from new/ to cur/, with mbox it doesn't write Status-header.
#pop3_no_flag_updates = no

# Support LAST command which exists in old POP3 specs, but has been removed
# from new ones. Some clients still wish to use this though. Enabling this
# makes RSET command clear all \Seen flags from messages.
#pop3_enable_last = no

# If mail has X-UIDL header, use it as the mail's UIDL.
#pop3_reuse_xuidl = no

# Keep the mailbox locked for the entire POP3 session.
#pop3_lock_session = no

# POP3 UIDL (unique mail identifier) format to use. You can use following
# variables:
#
# %v - Mailbox's IMAP UIDVALIDITY
# %u - Mail's IMAP UID
# %m - MD5 sum of the mailbox headers in hex (mbox only)
# %f - filename (maildir only)
#
# If you want UIDL compatibility with other POP3 servers, use:
# UW's ipop3d : %08Xv%08Xu
# Courier version 0 : %f
# Courier version 1 : %u
# Courier version 2 : %v-%u
# Cyrus (<= 2.1.3) : %u
# Cyrus (>= 2.1.4) : %v.%u
# Older Dovecots : %v.%u
# tpop3d : %Mf
#
# Note that Outlook 2003 seems to have problems with %v.%u format which was
# Dovecot's default, so if you're building a new server it would be a good
# idea to change this. %08Xu%08Xv should be pretty fail-safe.
#
# NOTE: Nowadays this is required to be set explicitly, since the old
# default was bad but it couldn't be changed without breaking existing
# installations. %08Xu%08Xv will be the new default, so use it for new
# installations.
#
pop3_uidl_format = %08Xu%08Xv

# POP3 logout format string:
# %t - number of TOP commands
# %p - number of bytes sent to client as a result of TOP command
# %r - number of RETR commands
# %b - number of bytes sent to client as a result of RETR command
# %d - number of deleted messages
# %m - number of messages (before deletion)
# %s - mailbox size in bytes (before deletion)
#pop3_logout_format = top=%t/%p, retr=%r/%b, del=%d/%m, size=%s

# Support for dynamically loadable plugins. mail_plugins is a space separated
# list of plugins to load.
#mail_plugins =
#mail_plugin_dir = /usr/lib/dovecot/pop3

# Workarounds for various client bugs:
# outlook-no-nuls:
# Outlook and Outlook Express hang if mails contain NUL characters.
# This setting replaces them with 0x80 character.
# oe-ns-eoh:
# Outlook Express and Netscape Mail breaks if end of headers-line is
# missing. This option simply sends it if it's missing.
# The list is space-separated.
pop3_client_workarounds = outlook-no-nuls oe-ns-eoh
}

##
## LDA specific settings
##

protocol lda {
# Address to use when sending rejection mails.
postmaster_address = postmaster@example.com

# Hostname to use in various parts of sent mails, eg. in Message-Id.
# Default is the system's real hostname.
#hostname =

# Support for dynamically loadable plugins. mail_plugins is a space separated
# list of plugins to load.
#mail_plugins =
#mail_plugin_dir = /usr/lib/dovecot/lda

# Binary to use for sending mails.
#sendmail_path = /usr/lib/sendmail

# UNIX socket path to master authentication server to find users.
#auth_socket_path = /var/run/dovecot/auth-master
}

##
## Authentication processes
##

# Executable location
#auth_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/dovecot-auth

# Set max. process size in megabytes.
#auth_process_size = 256

# Authentication cache size in kilobytes. 0 means it's disabled.
# Note that bsdauth, PAM and vpopmail require cache_key to be set for caching
# to be used.
#auth_cache_size = 0
# Time to live in seconds for cached data. After this many seconds the cached
# record is no longer used, *except* if the main database lookup returns
# internal failure. We also try to handle password changes automatically: If
# user's previous authentication was successful, but this one wasn't, the
# cache isn't used. For now this works only with plaintext authentication.
#auth_cache_ttl = 3600

# Space separated list of realms for SASL authentication mechanisms that need
# them. You can leave it empty if you don't want to support multiple realms.
# Many clients simply use the first one listed here, so keep the default realm
# first.
#auth_realms =

# Default realm/domain to use if none was specified. This is used for both
# SASL realms and appending @domain to username in plaintext logins.
#auth_default_realm =

# List of allowed characters in username. If the user-given username contains
# a character not listed in here, the login automatically fails. This is just
# an extra check to make sure user can't exploit any potential quote escaping
# vulnerabilities with SQL/LDAP databases. If you want to allow all characters,
# set this value to empty.
#auth_username_chars = abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWX YZ01234567890.-_@

# Username character translations before it's looked up from databases. The
# value contains series of from -> to characters. For example "#@/@" means
# that '#' and '/' characters are translated to '@'.
#auth_username_translation =

# Username formatting before it's looked up from databases. You can use
# the standard variables here, eg. %Lu would lowercase the username, %n would
# drop away the domain if it was given, or "%n-AT-%d" would change the '@' into
# "-AT-". This translation is done after auth_username_translation changes.
#auth_username_format =

# If you want to allow master users to log in by specifying the master
# username within the normal username string (ie. not using SASL mechanism's
# support for it), you can specify the separator character here. The format
# is then <username><separator><master username>. UW-IMAP uses "*" as the
# separator, so that could be a good choice.
#auth_master_user_separator =

# Username to use for users logging in with ANONYMOUS SASL mechanism
#auth_anonymous_username = anonymous

# More verbose logging. Useful for figuring out why authentication isn't
# working.
#auth_verbose = no

# Even more verbose logging for debugging purposes. Shows for example SQL
# queries.
#auth_debug = no

# In case of password mismatches, log the passwords and used scheme so the
# problem can be debugged. Requires auth_debug=yes to be set.
#auth_debug_passwords = no

# Maximum number of dovecot-auth worker processes. They're used to execute
# blocking passdb and userdb queries (eg. MySQL and PAM). They're
# automatically created and destroyed as needed.
#auth_worker_max_count = 30

# Host name to use in GSSAPI principal names. The default is to use the
# name returned by gethostname().
#auth_gssapi_hostname =

# Kerberos keytab to use for the GSSAPI mechanism. Will use the system
# default (usually /etc/krb5.keytab) if not specified.
#auth_krb5_keytab =

auth default {
# Space separated list of wanted authentication mechanisms:
# plain login digest-md5 cram-md5 ntlm rpa apop anonymous gssapi
# NOTE: See also disable_plaintext_auth setting.
mechanisms = plain login

#
# Password database is used to verify user's password (and nothing more).
# You can have multiple passdbs and userdbs. This is useful if you want to
# allow both system users (/etc/passwd) and virtual users to login without
# duplicating the system users into virtual database.
#
# <doc/wiki/PasswordDatabase.txt>
#
# By adding master=yes setting inside a passdb you make the passdb a list
# of "master users", who can log in as anyone else. Unless you're using PAM,
# you probably still want the destination user to be looked up from passdb
# that it really exists. This can be done by adding pass=yes setting to the
# master passdb. <doc/wiki/Authentication.MasterUsers.txt>

# Users can be temporarily disabled by adding a passdb with deny=yes.
# If the user is found from that database, authentication will fail.
# The deny passdb should always be specified before others, so it gets
# checked first. Here's an example:

#passdb passwd-file {
# File contains a list of usernames, one per line
#args = /etc/dovecot.deny
#deny = yes
#}

# PAM authentication. Preferred nowadays by most systems.
# Note that PAM can only be used to verify if user's password is correct,
# so it can't be used as userdb. If you don't want to use a separate user
# database (passwd usually), you can use static userdb.
# REMEMBER: You'll need /etc/pam.d/dovecot file created for PAM
# authentication to actually work. <doc/wiki/PasswordDatabase.PAM.txt>
passdb pam {
# [blocking=yes] [session=yes] [setcred=yes]
# [cache_key=<key>] [<service name>]
#
# By default a new process is forked from dovecot-auth for each PAM lookup.
# Setting blocking=yes uses the alternative way: dovecot-auth worker
# processes do the PAM lookups.
#
# session=yes makes Dovecot open and immediately close PAM session. Some
# PAM plugins need this to work, such as pam_mkhomedir.
#
# setcred=yes makes Dovecot establish PAM credentials if some PAM plugins
# need that. They aren't ever deleted though, so this isn't enabled by
# default.
#
# cache_key can be used to enable authentication caching for PAM
# (auth_cache_size also needs to be set). It isn't enabled by default
# because PAM modules can do all kinds of checks besides checking password,
# such as checking IP address. Dovecot can't know about these checks
# without some help. cache_key is simply a list of variables (see
# doc/wiki/Variables.txt) which must match for the cached data to be used.
# Here are some examples:
# %u - Username must match. Probably sufficient for most uses.
# %u%r - Username and remote IP address must match.
# %u%s - Username and service (ie. IMAP, POP3) must match.
#
# If service name is "*", it means the authenticating service name
# is used, eg. pop3 or imap (/etc/pam.d/pop3, /etc/pam.d/imap).
#
# Some examples:
# args = session=yes *
# args = cache_key=%u dovecot
#args = dovecot
}

# System users (NSS, /etc/passwd, or similiar)
# In many systems nowadays this uses Name Service Switch, which is
# configured in /etc/nsswitch.conf. <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.Passwd.txt>
#passdb passwd {
# [blocking=yes] - See userdb passwd for explanation
#args =
#}

# Shadow passwords for system users (NSS, /etc/shadow or similiar).
# Deprecated by PAM nowadays.
# <doc/wiki/PasswordDatabase.Shadow.txt>
#passdb shadow {
# [blocking=yes] - See userdb passwd for explanation
#args =
#}

# PAM-like authentication for OpenBSD.
# <doc/wiki/PasswordDatabase.BSDAuth.txt>
#passdb bsdauth {
# [cache_key=<key>] - See cache_key in PAM for explanation.
#args =
#}

# passwd-like file with specified location
# <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.PasswdFile.txt>
#passdb passwd-file {
# Path for passwd-file
#args =
#}

# checkpassword executable authentication
# NOTE: You will probably want to use "userdb prefetch" with this.
# <doc/wiki/PasswordDatabase.CheckPassword.txt>
#passdb checkpassword {
# Path for checkpassword binary
#args =
#}

# SQL database <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.SQL.txt>
#passdb sql {
# Path for SQL configuration file, see doc/dovecot-sql-example.conf
#args =
#}

# LDAP database <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.LDAP.txt>
#passdb ldap {
# Path for LDAP configuration file, see doc/dovecot-ldap-example.conf
#args =
#}

# vpopmail authentication <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.VPopMail.txt>
#passdb vpopmail {
# [cache_key=<key>] - See cache_key in PAM for explanation.
#args =
#}

#
# User database specifies where mails are located and what user/group IDs
# own them. For single-UID configuration use "static".
#
# <doc/wiki/UserDatabase.txt>
#

# System users (NSS, /etc/passwd, or similiar). In many systems nowadays this
# uses Name Service Switch, which is configured in /etc/nsswitch.conf.
# <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.Passwd.txt>
userdb passwd {
# [blocking=yes] - By default the lookups are done in the main dovecot-auth
# process. This setting causes the lookups to be done in auth worker
# proceses. Useful with remote NSS lookups that may block.
# NOTE: Be sure to use this setting with nss_ldap or users might get
# logged in as each others!
#args =
}

# passwd-like file with specified location
# <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.PasswdFile.txt>
#userdb passwd-file {
# Path for passwd-file
#args =
#}

# static settings generated from template <doc/wiki/UserDatabase.Static.txt>
#userdb static {
# Template for the fields. Can return anything a userdb could normally
# return. For example:
#
# args = uid=500 gid=500 home=/var/mail/%u
#
# If you use deliver, it needs to look up users only from the userdb. This
# of course doesn't work with static because there is no list of users.
# Normally static userdb handles this by doing a passdb lookup. This works
# with most passdbs, with PAM being the most notable exception. If you do
# the user verification another way, you can add allow_all_users=yes to
# the args in which case the passdb lookup is skipped.
#
#args =
#}

# SQL database <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.SQL.txt>
#userdb sql {
# Path for SQL configuration file, see doc/dovecot-sql-example.conf
#args =
#}

# LDAP database <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.LDAP.txt>
#userdb ldap {
# Path for LDAP configuration file, see doc/dovecot-ldap-example.conf
#args =
#}

# vpopmail <doc/wiki/AuthDatabase.VPopMail.txt>
#userdb vpopmail {
#}

# "prefetch" user database means that the passdb already provided the
# needed information and there's no need to do a separate userdb lookup.
# This can be made to work with SQL and LDAP databases, see their example
# configuration files for more information how to do it.
# <doc/wiki/UserDatabase.Prefetch.txt>
#userdb prefetch {
#}

# User to use for the process. This user needs access to only user and
# password databases, nothing else. Only shadow and pam authentication
# requires roots, so use something else if possible. Note that passwd
# authentication with BSDs internally accesses shadow files, which also
# requires roots. Note that this user is NOT used to access mails.
# That user is specified by userdb above.
user = root

# Directory where to chroot the process. Most authentication backends don't
# work if this is set, and there's no point chrooting if auth_user is root.
# Note that valid_chroot_dirs isn't needed to use this setting.
#chroot =

# Number of authentication processes to create
#count = 1

# Require a valid SSL client certificate or the authentication fails.
#ssl_require_client_cert = no

# Take the username from client's SSL certificate, using
# X509_NAME_get_text_by_NID() which returns the subject's DN's
# CommonName.
#ssl_username_from_cert = no

# It's possible to export the authentication interface to other programs:
#socket listen {
#master {
# Master socket provides access to userdb information. It's typically
# used to give Dovecot's local delivery agent access to userdb so it
# can find mailbox locations.
#path = /var/run/dovecot/auth-master
#mode = 0600
# Default user/group is the one who started dovecot-auth (root)
#user =
#group =
#}
#client {
# The client socket is generally safe to export to everyone. Typical use
# is to export it to your SMTP server so it can do SMTP AUTH lookups
# using it.
#path = /var/run/dovecot/auth-client
#mode = 0660
#}
#}
}

# If you wish to use another authentication server than dovecot-auth, you can
# use connect sockets. They are assumed to be already running, Dovecot's master
# process only tries to connect to them. They don't need any other settings
# than the path for the master socket, as the configuration is done elsewhere.
# Note that the client sockets must exist in the login_dir.
#auth external {
# socket connect {
# master {
# path = /var/run/dovecot/auth-master
# }
# }
#}

##
## Dictionary server settings
##

dict {
#quota = mysql:/etc/dovecot-dict-quota.conf
}

##
## Plugin settings
##

plugin {
# Here you can give some extra environment variables to mail processes.
# This is mostly meant for passing parameters to plugins. %variable
# expansion is done for all values.
#quota = maildir
#acl = vfile:/etc/dovecot-acls

# Convert plugin. If set, specifies the source storage path which is
# converted to destination storage (mail_location) when the user logs in.
# The existing mail directory is renamed to <dir>-converted.
#convert_mail = mbox:%h/mail
# Skip mailboxes which we can't open successfully instead of aborting.
#convert_skip_broken_mailboxes = no

# Trash plugin. When saving a message would make user go over quota, this
# plugin automatically deletes the oldest mails from configured mailboxes
# until the message can be saved within quota limits. The configuration file
# is a text file where each line is in format: <priority> <mailbox name>
# Mails are first deleted in lowest -> highest priority number order
#trash = /etc/dovecot-trash.conf

# Lazy expunge plugin. Currently works only with maildirs. When a user
# expunges mails, the mails are moved to a mailbox in another namespace
# (1st). When a mailbox is deleted, the mailbox is moved to another namespace
# (2nd) as well. Also if the deleted mailbox had any expunged messages,
# they're moved to a 3rd namespace. The mails won't be counted in quota,
# and they're not deleted automatically (use a cronjob or something).
#lazy_expunge = .EXPUNGED/ .DELETED/ .DELETED/.EXPUNGED/
}
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