[Dovecot] Cannot connect to dovecot imap server -- nothing in log

David Benfell dbenfell at gmail.com
Fri Apr 18 03:35:02 EEST 2008

Hello all,

I'm trying to connect to a dovecot server I've just installed, using evolution.  And I'm not having any success:

starshine# tail -f /var/log/dovecot.log
dovecot: 2008-04-16 20:11:37 Info: Dovecot v1.0.10 starting up
dovecot: 2008-04-17 16:40:30 Warning: Killed with signal 15
dovecot: 2008-04-17 16:40:30 Info: Dovecot v1.0.10 starting up

starshine# man dovecot
starshine# dovecot -n
# 1.0.10: /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
log_path: /var/log/dovecot.log
log_timestamp: %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S 
protocols: none
login_dir: /var/run/dovecot/login
login_executable: /usr/lib/dovecot/imap-login
mail_privileged_group: mail
mail_location: maildir:~/Maildir:INBOX=~/failed-to-sort-Maildir:INDEX=%
  type: private
  separator: /
  prefix: folders/
  location: ~/imap-folders
  inbox: yes
auth default:
  verbose: yes
  debug: yes
  debug_passwords: yes
    driver: pam
    driver: passwd

All evolution tells me is that an error occurred.  I have no idea what
the problem is here.  The server is on mail.parts-unknown.org if you
wish to try to connect to it.  And yes, it is actually running:

starshine# ps aux | grep dovecot
root      3072  0.0  0.0   2072   580 ?        Ss   16:40
0:00 /usr/sbin/dovecot
root      3073  0.0  0.1   9000  2148 ?        S    16:40   0:00
root      3559  0.0  0.0   3004   748 pts/0    R+   16:48   0:00 grep

I installed it from the Ubuntu package (hardy heron) and it is:

starshine# dovecot --version

I'm simply mystified.  What now?
David Benfell
benfell at parts-unknown.org
Skype: greybeard95a

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