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Old 06-01-2005, 05:22 AM   #1
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dovecot-0.99.14 + pam error on slack 10.1

I have compiled and installed dovecot-0.99.14 on my slackware 10.1 box.
Everything was ok, but when I want to start dovecot I get the following error:

dovecot: Jun 01 10:49:32 Info: Dovecot starting up
dovecot-auth: Jun 01 10:49:33 Fatal: Unknown passdb type 'pam'
dovecot: Jun 01 10:49:33 Error: Auth process died too early - shutting down
dovecot: Jun 01 10:49:33 Error: child 12212 (auth) returned error 89
imap-login: Jun 01 10:49:33 Fatal: fd_send(-1) failed: No such file or directory

I've compiled dovecot --with-pam.

I use the following dovecot.conf:

protocols = imap imaps
login_dir = /var/run/dovecot/login
login = imap
login = pop3
mbox_locks = fcntl
auth = default
auth_mechanisms = plain
auth_userdb = passwd
auth_passdb = pam
auth_user = root

What is wrong? Can you help me?
Old 06-01-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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Slackware does not use PAM

Due to security concerns (regarding the quality of the PAM implementation), Slackware does not include PAM. It is said to be possible to PAM-ify Slackware if one really wants to, but I'd assume it's not entirely easy.

So unless you have added PAM yourself, this is the likely cause of your problems. Try recompiling without PAM support.
Old 06-01-2005, 11:47 AM   #3
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it works without pam support.


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