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." http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-ubuntu-9.10-karmic-koala-ispconfig-2-p5 Here is some information from the command line: [email protected]:/# uname -a Linux black 2.6.31-17-server #54-Ubuntu SMP Thu Dec 10 18:06:56 UTC 2009 x86_64 GNU/Linux [email protected]:/# service saslauthd start /etc/default/saslauthd: 55: -m: not found * Starting SASL Authentication Daemon saslauthd * No run directory defined for saslauthd, not starting [email protected]:/# 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) START=yes # Description of this saslauthd instance. Recommended. # (suggestion: SASL Authentication Daemon) DESC="SASL Authentication Daemon" # Short name of this saslauthd instance. Strongly recommended. # (suggestion: saslauthd) NAME="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" MECHANISMS="pam" # Additional options for this mechanism. (default: none) # See the saslauthd man page for information about mech-specific options. MECH_OPTIONS="" # How many saslauthd processes should we run? (default: 5) # A value of 0 will fork a new process for each connection. THREADS=5 # Other options (default: -c -m /var/run/saslauthd) # Note: You MUST specify the -m option or saslauthd won't run! # # WARNING: DO NOT SPECIFY THE -d OPTION. # 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 [email protected]:/# 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 .. [email protected]:/# 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.