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Old 07-18-2010, 08:19 PM   #1
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dovecot unexpectedly terminating connections


hello

I am running webmin on ubuntu server 10.04lts
I have dovecot installed.
when I try to check for mail the server unexpectedly terminates the connection. window live mail gives this error, and when i use telnet to try to login and get email it terminates the connection right after i send the "PASS thisismypassword" command.

any suggestion as to the nature of my problem or how to fix it?
 
Old 07-18-2010, 08:57 PM   #2
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What's in the dovecot log?
 
Old 07-18-2010, 09:03 PM   #3
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where can i find the dovecot log? iv'e been looking. i have looked under /var/log but didn't find anything
 
Old 07-18-2010, 09:08 PM   #4
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I believe it uses syslogd for logging, so likely /var/log/maillog. Failing that, check in /etc/syslog.conf to see where mail is logged.
 
Old 07-18-2010, 09:16 PM   #5
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the log show the errors:

POPOP3(myuser): mail_location not set and autodetection failed: Mail storage autodetection failed with home=/home/myuser
POPOP3(myuser): Fatal: namespace initialization failed.

what does it mean?
 
Old 07-18-2010, 09:23 PM   #6
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Read this: http://wiki.dovecot.org/MailLocation Your mail location is probably incorrect. You have to specify an inbox type (mbox, maildir, and so on before your location path.
 
Old 07-19-2010, 07:20 PM   #7
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I can receive mail not in the client, but I can't send any using the client.
I can send mail from the command line of my server though.
when i check mail.log i see:
warning: SASL authentication failure: client didn't issue vaild NTLM response

thanks again for all the help.
 
Old 07-19-2010, 09:16 PM   #8
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It sounds like your mail client is trying to use an unexpected authentication type. Have you tried others in your email client? What SMTP server are you using?
 
Old 07-20-2010, 06:08 PM   #9
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i haven't tried with other clients yet, will try with thunder bird, but it needs to work with live mail for other people of course.

I am using postfix, and webmin to do most of the config.
 
  


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