[Dovecot] pam_authenticate() failed: authentication error

Charles Marcus CMarcus at Media-Brokers.com
Fri Mar 13 22:30:26 EET 2009

Did you forget something? Like, maybe some basic info on your system,
dovecot version, dovecot -n output, etc?

Most of us have non-working crystal balls most of the time - although
Timos works rather well in many cases...

On 3/13/2009 3:43 PM, Zbigniew Szalbot wrote:
> Hello,
> I would like to ask for your help. I have noticed some error messages
> issued by dovecot.
> Mar 13 20:00:57 relay dovecot: auth-worker(default):
> pam(example at example.com): pam_authenticate() failed: authentication error
> (/etc/pam.d/dovecot missing?)
> Not surprisingly
> $ l /etc/pam.d/dovecot
> ls: /etc/pam.d/dovecot: No such file or directory
> The funny thing is that authentication does work but I guess I have
> something misconfigured. I'd appreciate if you could help me.
> I am on a FreeBSD system (7.0) if that matters.
> Thank you!


Best regards,


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