[Dovecot] Dovecot crashing

Timo Sirainen tss at iki.fi
Sun Aug 14 23:58:20 EEST 2005

On Thu, 2005-08-11 at 13:14 -0400, Matt Juszczak wrote:
> pid 76217 (dovecot-auth), uid 0: exited on signal 6 (core dumped)
> Anyway, it seems that dovecot is crashing.   A simple restart brings it 
> back up.

Since it's only dovecot-auth that crashes, doesn't Dovecot restart the
process by itself?

>   Its odd that it would work for a while and then crash, is there 
> some kind of remote exploit causing it to crash?

Probably LDAP code is just buggy in some situations when it's trying to
reconnect to server..

> It says core dumped, but I'm not sure where it would put the core.

/var/log/dovecot/ (or /usr/local/var/run/dovecot or wherever you set the
prefix). Getting a gdb backtrace from it would be helpful.

> Also, all of our stuff is LDAP.  We dont talk to local passwd files at 
> all.  Is there a way I can run the dovecot-auth process as non root? 
> I know there's an option in the config but i tried it and it did not seem 
> to want to restart (the process).

Changing auth_user should work. What error does it give exactly then?

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