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Old 01-30-2004, 06:48 PM   #1
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Squirrelmail Login Problems

I'm quite the newbie on Linux, so assume NOTHING except that I don't know "obvious" things. :-)

Problem: I've installed Squirrelmail to access mail on the box via the web. It's working with Apache; I can surf to the squirrelmail login page. (Getting it to work over SSL is a task for another day ...)

However, when I log in with a valid username and password (that work fine over ssh), I get the following on the squirrelmail login page:

Unknown user or password incorrect.

The following error appears in /var/log/auth.log:

Jan 30 18:26:53 Apollo imapd[23782]: Login disabled user=dennis auth=dennis host=localhost []

By comparison, here's a successful ssh login:

Jan 30 18:31:56 Apollo sshd[23794]: Accepted password for dennis from port 3403
Jan 30 18:31:56 Apollo ssh(pam_unix)[23796]: session opened for user dennis by (uid=1000)

SMTP server is Postfix (which works fine), POP3 server is qpopper (working fine), imap server is uw-imapd (default config). Running unstable.

Ummmm ... help!

Old 01-31-2004, 11:16 AM   #2
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Old 02-10-2004, 07:45 AM   #3
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Hey there
Just thought I'd see if you ever got it working? I just came up against the exact same problem

One thing that works is imaps (imap with SSL) - but I'd really like plain old imap to work too :|

Old 02-10-2004, 07:54 AM   #4
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When you set up squirrel mail you need to verify that menu 2 (Server Settings) is correct:

An Example:
SquirrelMail Configuration : Read: config.php (1.2.0)
Server Settings
1.  Domain               :
2.  IMAP Server          :
3.  IMAP Port            : 143
4.  Use Sendmail/SMTP    : SMTP
6.    SMTP Server        :
7.    SMTP Port          : 25
8.    Authenticated SMTP : false
9.    POP Before SMTP    : false
10. Server               : cyrus
11. Invert Time          : false
12. Delimiter            : detect

R   Return to Main Menu
C.  Turn color on
S   Save data
Q   Quit
It is important that the above settings match your system. It took me a few changes to make it work.

Remember to make only 1 change at a time, then test. If you make multiple, then you may not ever find the correct settings.


Old 02-15-2004, 03:37 PM   #5
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Hey all, I did get it working (well, a buddy of mine did it). It seems that the uw-imap binary in Debian refuses to use unencrypted login passwords, which is what Squirrelmail passes to the server. uw-imap had to be recompiled with the correct security options. One could, of course, choose to use a different imap server instead.

Currently having trouble with "create new folder" in Squirrelmail also, because the created folders have different permissions. Ah, the joys of being a newbie. :-)



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