mail_crypt module and error with tmp directory

Aki Tuomi aki.tuomi at
Mon May 3 10:47:15 EEST 2021

> On 03/05/2021 10:42 Fiorenza Meini <fmeini at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I successfully enable mail_crypt module but I'm experiencing a strange 
> behaviour with tmp directory while accessing with POP3 protocol:
> I see in log file:
> Error: istream-seekable: safe_mkstemp(/tmp/dovecot.pop3.) failed: 
> Permission denied
> I changed tmp directory configuration (mail_temp_dir variable) and 
> setting it with 777 permission, but the error is the same.
> On client side it's working everything, but I'd like to understand the 
> error and if I have to be worried about it.
> Thank you and regards
> Fiorenza
> -- 
> Fiorenza Meini/Spazio Web

Are you by chance using selinux or apparmor there which could prevent this? Also Dovecot's stock systemd unit prevenst you from writing into random locations, /tmp should be fine though.


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