[Dovecot] Cannot create auth-master file

Greg Frith gfrith at gmail.com
Tue Mar 9 18:02:05 EET 2010

Hi all,

Sorry, I thought a migration to /etc/dovecot/dovecot-postfix.conf would do the trick, but it would appear (after several hours of grappling with a new problem) that 'something' is still reading configuration information from /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf.

Essentially I've been having problems getting dovecot to deliver mail to the correct location using mail_location and the 'userdb static' arg parameter.  I finally deduce that no matter what I change I cannot get the mail delivered to the correct location, and in fact, after inserting a load of bogus values, mail would still arrive without problem at /home/vmail/%d/%n/.  It turns out that 'something', I'm guessing maybe /usr/lib/dovecot/deliver is reading configuration from /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf, and not the -postfix.conf variant which I am now trying to maintain.  

I've checked the Ubuntu Server documentation for dovecot which makes all references to dovecot.conf and never to dovecot-postfix.conf.  Maybe I should be looking at documentation for the combined postfix/dovecot package, but I haven't found this anywhere.

Essentially, can anyone either explain to me how the two files are meant to work in harmony together, or confirm that I won't cause myself any problems further down the line by removing dovecot-postfix.conf?

Sorry to bug the list with such amateurish questions :-).


On 8 Mar 2010, at 22:35, Timo Sirainen wrote:

> On Mon, 2010-03-08 at 22:06 +0000, Greg Frith wrote:
>> gregf at rhy:/etc/dovecot$ sudo dovecot -n
>> # 1.1.11: /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
>> # OS: Linux 2.6.28-18-generic x86_64 Ubuntu 9.04 ext3
> If you're using Ubuntu's dovecot-postfix package, it's actually
> using /etc/dovecot/dovecot-postfix.conf, not dovecot.conf.

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