No run directory defined for saslauthd, not starting

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  1. sbin

    sbin New Member

    I cannot start the saslauthd daemon. My server is running the latest Ubuntu Server (9.10) with Bind9 and the default LAMP stack, Postfix, and Courier-IMAP/Courier-POP3. As part of a disaster recovery process, I recently re-installed the aforementioned software, and imported data and configuration files related to an ecommerce website which crashed. The authoritative master nameserver and the PHP/MySQL/myphpadmin website are functioning perfectly. In an endeavor to save energy (electrical, not administrative), I decided to migrate my mail services to the aforementioned server by selectively following steps 15 and 16 in "The Perfect Server - Ubuntu Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) [ISPConfig 2] - Page 5."

    Here is some information from the command line:

    root@black:/# uname -a
    Linux black 2.6.31-17-server #54-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 10 18:06:56 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    root@black:/# service saslauthd start
    /etc/default/saslauthd: 55: -m: not found
    * Starting SASL Authentication Daemon saslauthd * No run directory defined for saslauthd, not starting
    root@black:/# cat /etc/default/saslauthd
    # Settings for saslauthd daemon
    # Please read /usr/share/doc/sasl2-bin/README.Debian for details.

    # Should saslauthd run automatically on startup? (default: no)

    # Description of this saslauthd instance. Recommended.
    # (suggestion: SASL Authentication Daemon)
    DESC="SASL Authentication Daemon"

    # Short name of this saslauthd instance. Strongly recommended.
    # (suggestion: saslauthd)

    # Which authentication mechanisms should saslauthd use? (default: pam)
    # Available options in this Debian package:
    # getpwent -- use the getpwent() library function
    # kerberos5 -- use Kerberos 5
    # pam -- use PAM
    # rimap -- use a remote IMAP server
    # shadow -- use the local shadow password file
    # sasldb -- use the local sasldb database file
    # ldap -- use LDAP (configuration is in /etc/saslauthd.conf)
    # Only one option may be used at a time. See the saslauthd man page
    # for more information.
    # Example: MECHANISMS="pam"

    # Additional options for this mechanism. (default: none)
    # See the saslauthd man page for information about mech-specific options.

    # How many saslauthd processes should we run? (default: 5)
    # A value of 0 will fork a new process for each connection.

    # Other options (default: -c -m /var/run/saslauthd)
    # Note: You MUST specify the -m option or saslauthd won't run!
    # The -d option will cause saslauthd to run in the foreground instead of as
    # a daemon. This will PREVENT YOUR SYSTEM FROM BOOTING PROPERLY. If you wish
    # to run saslauthd in debug mode, please run it by hand to be safe.
    # See /usr/share/doc/sasl2-bin/README.Debian for Debian-specific information.
    # See the saslauthd man page and the output of 'saslauthd -h' for general
    # information about these options.
    # Example for postfix users: "-c -m /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd"
    OPTIONS=-c -m /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd -r
    root@black:/# ls -lia /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd/
    total 0
    134910272 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 6 2010-01-29 08:53 .
    525972 drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 22 2010-01-27 21:51 ..

    I don't fully fathom how Postfix chroot and the /var/run/saslauthd files function, which of these are missing, and how the owner-created /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd/"files" come to exist. I have already used "aptitude reinstall," for "libsasl2-2 sasl2-bin libsasl2-modules". I wouldn't mind starting from scratch with a clean install and perfect adherence to the complete tutorial, but I'm terrified of returning to the ecommerce disaster from which I have just recovered.

    Any help will be truly appreciated.
  2. sbin

    sbin New Member

    Indispensible double quotation marks

    The solution was to add the missing quotes for /etc/default/saslauthd, line #55: OPTIONS="-c -m /var/spool/postfix/var/run/saslauthd -r"

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