[Dovecot] error log?

Kenneth Porter shiva at sewingwitch.com
Tue May 25 18:28:43 EEST 2004

--On Tuesday, May 25, 2004 4:40 PM +0200 Marten Lehmann <lehmann at cnm.de> 

> for some reason dovecot doesn't start up. I'm using the default values in
> dovecot.conf, just changed the login_user, disabled ssl and ran
> sbin/dovecot, but nothing happens. No error's, I can't find any logs, no
> daemon anywhere, no ports bound... I don't know where to look and
> whatfor. I compiled with --enable-debug, but there's no extra output. Any
> ideas?

Dovecot logs to the mail facility with syslog. Look in /etc/syslog.conf to 
see which file that logs to. On Red Hat systems (including Fedora), that's 

Also, when trying to figure out where a system logs to, I go to /var/log 
right after the event and enter "ls -lt | head". This lists the most recent 
log files that were written to. Then, for each of those files, enter (for 
example) "tail -50 maillog" to list 50 lines at the end of maillog.

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