problem with dovecot.conf file

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by christopher94523, Feb 19, 2009.

  1. christopher94523

    christopher94523 New Member

    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]I got an error message when starting dovecot when it was already supposedly running:

    [/FONT][FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] [root /etc]# /etc/rc.d/init.d/dovecot start

    Starting Dovecot Imap: Error: Dovecot is already running
    with PID 7179 (read from /var/run/dovecot/
    Fatal: Invalid configuration in /etc/dovecot.conf
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    [/FONT][FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] ======================================================
    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The following was achieved at the /etc directory via the command:
    cat -s dovecot.conf | egrep -v "#|^$"
    [note that I have edited my ipAddress into ""]


    protocols = imap pop3 imaps pop3s
    listen =
    disable_plaintext_auth = no
    log_timestamp = "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S "
    ssl_listen =
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    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] ssl_disable = yes
    mail_location = maildir:/home/%u/Maildir/%u

    protocol imap {
    login_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login
    mail_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap

    protocol pop3 {
    login_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3-login
    mail_executable = /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3
    pop3_enable_last = no
    pop3_uidl_format = %08Xu%08Xv

    protocol lda {
    postmaster_address = [email protected]

    auth default {
    mechanisms = plain

    passdb pam {

    userdb passwd {

    user = root

    dict {

    plugin {

    [/FONT][FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] ======================================================
    [FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]The following shows my settings:
    [root /etc]# dovecot -n

    # 1.0.7: /etc/dovecot.conf
    log_timestamp: %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S
    protocols: imap pop3 imaps pop3s
    ssl_disable: yes
    login_dir: /var/run/dovecot/login
    login_executable(default): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login
    login_executable(imap): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap-login
    login_executable(pop3): /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3-login
    mail_location: maildir:/home/%u/Maildir/%u
    mail_executable(default): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap
    mail_executable(imap): /usr/libexec/dovecot/imap
    mail_executable(pop3): /usr/libexec/dovecot/pop3
    mail_plugin_dir(default): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap
    mail_plugin_dir(imap): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap
    mail_plugin_dir(pop3): /usr/lib/dovecot/pop3
    auth default:
    driver: pam
    driver: passwd
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    I am running on a CentOS-5.2 based VPS.

    Can anyone spot my configuration and/or procedural error? ;-)
    Thanks much!

    best wishes,
    chris gray
    pleasant hill, ca
  2. topdog

    topdog Active Member

    You may be trying to start a process that is already running make sure dovecot is not running.

    Check your maillog it should give you the line number where the typo is in the dovecot config file.

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