[Dovecot] locking problem

myron kowalskm at cs.moravian.edu
Wed Feb 1 16:09:11 EET 2012

I have one user who can't read his e-mail. The /var/log/mail.log file  
has this statement.

dovecot: IMAP(<user>): Timeout while waiting for lock for transaction  
log file /users/<user>/mail/.imap/INBOX/dovecot.index.log

I tried killing the imap daemons and removing the lock file,
but it keeps coming back. Any idea what else to do?

This is the dovecot file:

dovecot -n
# 1.2.9: /etc/dovecot/dovecot.conf
# OS: Linux 2.6.32-28-server x86_64 Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS
log_timestamp: %Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S
protocols: imap imaps pop3 pop3s
ssl_cert_file: /etc/ssl/certs/ssl-cert-snakeoil.pem
ssl_key_file: /etc/ssl/private/ssl-cert-snakeoil.key
disable_plaintext_auth: no
login_dir: /var/run/dovecot/login
login_executable(default): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap-login
login_executable(imap): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap-login
login_executable(pop3): /usr/lib/dovecot/pop3-login
mail_privileged_group: mail
mail_location: mbox:~/mail:INBOX=/var/mail/%u
mbox_write_locks: fcntl dotlock
mail_executable(default): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap
mail_executable(imap): /usr/lib/dovecot/imap
mail_executable(pop3): /usr/lib/dovecot/pop3
mail_plugin_dir(default): /usr/lib/dovecot/modules/imap
mail_plugin_dir(imap): /usr/lib/dovecot/modules/imap
mail_plugin_dir(pop3): /usr/lib/dovecot/modules/pop3
auth default:
  mechanisms: plain login
    driver: pam
    driver: passwd
    type: listen
      path: /var/spool/postfix/private/auth-client
      mode: 432
      user: postfix
      group: postfix

Myron Kowalski
MoCoSIN Network/Systems Administrator
Moravian College
myron at moravian.edu
(610) 861-1441

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