[Dovecot] Configuration problem?

Anne Wilson cannewilson at googlemail.com
Tue Feb 7 17:20:18 EET 2012

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On 07/02/12 11:57, Dennis Guhl wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 07, 2012 at 08:08:24AM +0000, Anne Wilson wrote:
>> On 6 February 2012 17:49, Dennis Guhl <dg at dguhl.org> wrote:
>>> On Mon, Feb 06, 2012 at 05:33:01PM +0000, Anne Wilson wrote:
>>>> I have a new Scientific Linux 6.1 mail server (dovecot -n 
>>>> below) and am seeing the following in the logs, with no idea 
>>>> what is happening:
>>>> --------------------- Dovecot Begin ------------------------
>>>> Dovecot was killed, and not restarted afterwards.
>>> You shut dovecot down and does not restart it.
>> It appears to be doing things without my intervention.  Despite 
>> the reports that it kept shutting down, Dovecot continued to
>> serve messages throughout the day.
> The messages logwatch shows appeared at some time within the 
> analysed period and are not necessarily in a time sorted order.
> Btw do not rely on any summary of log files but look into the log 
> yourself.
> [..]
Actually, this morning there aren't the same messages, so perhaps I was
restarting services while trying to get it right - in fact it seems very
likely that that was so.  Today there are a few like

    dovecot: imap(anne): Disconnected: Logged out bytes=11892/21219: 1

I presume that refers to clients logging out of the imap connection?  In
which case, I can forget about that.

I normally read the summary each morning and refer directly to the logs
if I see something that looks unusual.  Occasionally, as in this case,
there are entries that I don't understand and I ask those who do :-)

>> You mean the version of logwatch is too old?  I'm beginning to 
>> wonder
> Yes, the current version is 7.4.0 from march 2011 
> (http://www.logwatch.org).
>> whether running an Enterprise version is such a good idea after 
>> all.
> I don't know Scientific Linux but I use Debian stable on all my 
> server and I'm very happy with it. Nonetheless do I manually
> upgrade some packages wich added needed features or are maintained
> by upstream.
> It is crucial to know and understand the philosophy behind a 
> distribution and to decide if this works for you and if you can
> live with the caveats resulting.
I've run CentOS for maybe 4 years, and it's similar to SL, both being
RHEL clones, but maintained by different communities.  On a server
(even though this is a very "mild" server, being only file and print
serving) the older packages are rarely a problem.

I appreciate the time and trouble you are taking to educate me :-)


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