[Dovecot] Getting rid of the common newbie problems

Joseba Torre joseba.torre at ehu.es
Wed May 16 10:36:44 EEST 2007


there's no easy way to get rid of newbie problems: right now dovecot is quite 
a complex software, so configuration is complex. Even more, all the 
userdb/passdb thing is really powerfull, but also a bit diferent of anything 
I was used to, so it's normal that people is a bit confused in the begining.

Anyway, I'm quite sure that in apache's, postfix's or sendmail's mailing lists 
there are far more newbie questions than here, and that isn't necesary bad.

For me, the easier solution would be an entry in the wiki with well documented 
common configs:

- system users (using pam/passwd)
- ldap (with a common conf)
- mysql
- postgresql

There is something similar in


but there the main goal seems to be the hardware.

I have to document my current config in spanish for my job, and it wouldn't be 
a hard job to translate it to english a upload it somewhere.


El Martes, 15 de Mayo de 2007 18:40, Timo Sirainen escribió:
> I think the most common Dovecot newbie problems are:
>  - Not looking at the (correct) logs for errors
>  - Authentication problems
>  - Mail location problems
>  - Mail permission problems
> Below are some of my ideas how I could stop people from asking these
> questions with future Dovecot (v1.1+) releases. Suggestions welcome.
> Distribution people especially should say if they're against some
> change.

Joseba Torre. CIDIR Bizkaia.
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