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ScooterB 12-15-2004 08:11 AM

dovecot , sendmail and fedora core 2
Hello all. I recently upgraded from RH9 to Fedora core 2. I have been running sendmail on a mail server for some time and it was all working just great. Until the hard drive crash that is. And I don't recommend using Norton Ghost for backing up a Linux Box. At least I didn't have any luck. Anyway, on to my question. Since FC2 now uses this dovecot for running the pop3 or imap service, has anyone out there seen a GOOD tutorial on how to do the configuration? I have googled and seen lots of questions similar to mine but not alot of answers. The docs at seem cryptic (to me at least) as I am not familiar with this new package. I need to get this machine up and going so any help at all will be appreciated. I understand that all of this was done to improve security but I haven't delved into the inner workings of authentication yet so I am not that familiar. Thanks in advance for any help!


Duality.Enigma 12-30-2004 11:26 AM

You can change what services that dovecot is handling in the dovecot.conf file (located in etc for me)

The fact that they were commentted out confused me at first.. but apparently, dovecot ignores comments unless the parameter requires a path of some kind.

# Protocols we want to be serving:
# imap imaps pop3 pop3s
#protocols = imap pop3 imaps pop3s

You can just change the services after #protocols= imaps pop3s and restart dovecot.

then check netstat and it should be only listening on these protocols.

Hope this helps!



Duality.Enigma 12-30-2004 12:04 PM

Excuse me, you DO need to uncomment that line for the configuration to take..

and to restart dovecot you can try:

#killall dovecot


(If you are running dovecot as standalone)

ScooterB 12-30-2004 04:25 PM

Thanks for the help. I finally discovered that is what you need to do. I uncommented the services to be running and shazamm, it started working. I just wish that when they implement something like that in an OS, they would provide better documentation for it. Sometimes if you get caught up doing other things, you can't keep up with all of the developments. Anyway, I appreciate your help. Thanks again!

jschiwal 12-30-2004 06:14 PM

There may be documentation installed but you don't know where yet.

Often, there will be documentation in /usr/share/doc/packages/.

Using the file listing in a package manager is one way to locate documentation.

Another way is using Midnight Commander. You will be able to browse an rpm package as if it were a directory. Looking in the corresponding usr directory of the package, you can locate where documentation is installed on your system.

ScooterB 12-31-2004 08:37 AM

I see what you mean. There is some documentation there and I wasn't aware of it. Thank you. I'll be checking into it to make sure I did what I am supposed to. Thanks for your reply!

Duality.Enigma 01-05-2005 11:38 AM

Glad we could help!


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