director service tries to start without any configuration

Aki Tuomi aki.tuomi at
Fri Apr 29 09:44:11 UTC 2022

> On 29/04/2022 12:37 Eirik Rye <rye at> wrote:
> Hello,
> - Dovecot 2.3.18 (originally Dovecot 2.3.16, but upgraded in an
> attempt to fix issue)
> - Ubuntu 20.04 using Dovecot repo
> In my organization have run a cluster of dovecot proxy machines, with
> the director service enabled in a transition period as we have
> migrated all our users to do direct proxying to backend (e.g.
> `proxy=y, host=`), bypassing the director service.
> Now that all users have been migrated, it is time to disable the
> director service. However, even after removing all director
> configuration ("doveconf -n | grep director" returns nothing) and
> restarting the entire dovecot service (not just "doveadm reload"), the
> error log still spits out these errors:
> 2022-04-29T11:27:25+0200 director: Error: Empty server list
> 2022-04-29T11:27:25+0200 director: Fatal: Invalid value for
> director_mail_servers setting
> 2022-04-29T11:27:25+0200 master: Error: service(director): command
> startup failed, throttling for 60.000 secs

Are you sure you do not have some script / monitoring still calling `doveadm director` commands?


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